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Thomas  E.  Jeffrey 
Microfilm  Editor 

Gregory  Field 
Theresa  M.  Collins 
David  W.  Hutchings 
Lisa  Gitelman 
Leonard  DeGraaf 
Dennis  D.  Madden 

Mary  Ann  Hellrlgel 
Paul  B.  Israel 
Robert  A.  Rosenberg 
Karen  A.  Detig 
Gregory  Jankunis 
Douglas  G.  Tarr 

Reese  V.  Jenkins 
Director  and  Editor 


Rutgers,  The  State  University  of  New  Jersey 
National  Park  Service,  Edison  National  Historic  Site 
New  Jersey  Historical  Commission 
Smithsonian  Institution 

University  Publications  of  America 
Bethesda,  Maryland 

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3raw.Edison  Company. 


Reese  V.  Jenkins 
Director  and  Editor 

Thomas  E.  Jeffrey 
Associate  Director  and  Microfilm  Editor 

Robert  A  Rosenberg 
Managing  Editor,  Book  Edition 

Helen  Endlck 

Assistant  Director  for  Administration 

Associate  Editor 

Paul  B.  Israel 

Research  Associates 
Theresa  M.  Collins 
David  W.  Hutchings 
Karen  A.  Detig 

Assistant  Editors 
Keith  A.  Nler 
Gregory  Field 
Usa  Gitelman 
Martha  J.  King 


Grace  Kurkowskl 

Gregory  Jankunls 

Student  Assistant 
Bethany  Jankunls 


Rutgers,  The  State  University  of 
New  Jersey 

Francis  L.  Lawrence 
Joseph  J.  Seneca 
Richard  F.  Foley 
Rudolph  M.  Bell 

New  Jersey  Historical  Commission 
Howard  L.  Green 

National  Park  Service 
John  Maounis 
Maryanne  Gerbauckas 
Nancy  Waters 
George  Tselos 
Smithsonian  Institution 
Bernard  Finn 
Arthur  P.  Molella 


James  Brittain,  Georgia  Institute  of  Technology 
Alfred  D.  Chandler,  Jr.,  Harvard  University 
Neil  Harris,  University  of  Chicago 
Thomas  Parke  Hughes,  University  of  Pennsylvania 
Arthur  Link,  Princeton  University 
Nathan  Reingold,  Smithsonian  Institution 
Robert  E.  Schofield,  Iowa  State  University 


William  C.  Hittinger  (Chairman),  RCA  Corporation 
Edward  J.  Bloustein,  Rutgers,  The  State  University  of  New  Jersey  • 
Cees  Bruynes,  North  American  Philips  Corporation 
Paul  J.  Christiansen,  Charles  Edison  Fund 
Philip  F.  Dietz,  Westinghouse  Electric  Corporation 
Roland  W.  Schmitt,  General  Electric  Corporation 
Harold  W.  Sonn,  Public  Service  Electric  and  Gas  Company 
Morris  Tanenbaum,  AT&T 




The  Alfred  P,  Sloan  Foundation 
Charles  Edison  Fund 
The  Hyde  and  Watson  Foundation 
Geraldine  R.  Dodge  Foundation 


National  Science  Foundation 
National  Endowment  for  the  Humanities 
National  Historical  Publications  and 
Records  Commission 


Alabama  Power  Company 
Amerada  Hess  Corporation 

Atlantic  Electric 

Association  of  Edison  Illuminating 
Companies,  Inc. 

Battelle  Memorial  Institute 
The  Boston  Edison  Foundation 
Cabot  Corporation  Foundation,  Inc. 
Carolina  Power  &  Light  Company 
Consolidated  Edison  Company  of 
New  York,  Inc. 

Consumers  Power  Company 
Coming  Glass  Works  Foundation 
Duke  Power  Company 
Entergy  Corporation  (Middle  South 
Electric  Systems) 

Exxon  Corporation 
Florida  Power  &  Light  Company 
General  Electric  Foundation 
Gould  Inc.  Foundation 
Gulf  States  Utilities  Company 
Idaho  Power  Company 
International  Brotherhood  of  Electrical 

Iowa  Power  and  Light  Company 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Stanley  H.  Katz 
Matsushita  Electric  Industrial  Co.,  Ltd. 
McGraw-Edison  Company 
Minnesota  Power 
New  Jersey  Bell 
New  York  State  Electric  &  Gas 

North  American  Philips  Corporation 
Philadelphia  Electric  Company 
Philips  International  B.V. 

Public  Service  Electric  and  Gas 
RCA  Corporation 
Robert  Bosch  GmbH 
Rochester  Gas  and  Electric 

San  Diego  Gas  &  Electric 
Savannah  Electric  and  Power  Company 
Schering-Plough  Foundation 
Texas  Utilities  Company 
Thomas  &  Betts  Corporation 
Thomson  Grand  Public 
Transamerica  Delaval  Inc. 
Westinghouse  Educational  Foundation 
Wisconsin  Public  Service 

A  Note  on  the  Sources 

The  pages  which  have  been 
filmed  are  the  best  copies 
available.  Every  technical 
effort  possible  has  been 
made  to  ensure  legibility. 


ReGl  duplication  of  the  whole  or  of 
any  part  of  this  film  is  prohibited. 
In  lieu  of  transcripts,  however, 
enlarged  photocopies  of  selected 
items  contained  on  these  reels 
may  be  made  in  order  to  facilitate 


1898.  Dick  (A.B.)  Company  (D-98-01) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  the  business  of  the  A.  B.  Dick  Co.  There  are  only  2  items  for 
1898,  including  a  letter  regarding  Edison's  sale  of  his  stock  in  the  company. 

1898.  Edison,  TA.  -  General  (D-98-02) 

This  folder  contains  documents,  primarily  correspondence,  covering  a  variety  of  subjects.  Some  of  the  material 
relates  to  personal  matters.  Documents  that  deal  with  more  than  one  subject  or  that  do  not  fall  under  the 
main  subject  categories  arc  also  filed  in  this  folder.  Among  the  items  for  1898  are  letters  regarding  Edward 
H.  Johnson's  relationship  with  Edison;  a  proposed  letter  to  President  William  McKinley  on  behalf  of  the 
inventor,  Obcrlin  Smith;  and  the  accidental  death  of  the  British  electrical  engineer,  John  Hopkinson.  Also 
included  are  letters  pertaining  to  the  gift  of  a  phonograph  to  long-time  Edison  associate,  Spencer  Trask,  items 
about  William  J .  Hammer's  search  through  Edison’s  records  for  documentation  of  electric  railway  experiments, 
and  a  brief  note  from  Andrew  Carnegie  to  Edison. 

1898.  Edison,  TA.  -  Articles  (D-98-03) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  requesting  Edison  to  write  articles;  correspondence 
relating  to  articles  about  Edison  and  his  inventions;  and  letters  from  journalists  seeking  to  interview  Edison. 
Included  is  a  questionnaire  about  high  explosives  by  inventor  Hudson  Maxim. 

1898.  Edison,  TA.  -  Clubs  and  Societies  (D-98-04) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  Edison's  membership  and  activities  in 
social  clubs  and  professional  societies.  Included  is  a  letter  containing  Edison's  comments  regarding  the  failure 
of  the  Royal  Society  and  the  Academic  des  Sciences  to  formally  recognize  his  accomplishments. 

1898.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Employment  (D-98-05)  [not  Filmed] 

This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  from  or  about  employees  and  former  or  prospective  employees. 
Most  of  the  items  are  requests  for  employment  at  the  West  Orange  laboratory  or  various  Edison  companies. 
Also  included  are  two  letters  to  Francis  R.  Upton  by  Thomas  Commerford  Martin,  co-editor  of  the  Electrical 
Engineer,  regarding  candidates  for  the  superintendent  position  at  an  incandescent  lamp  firm. 

1898.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Family  -  General  (D-98-06) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  by  and  about  Edison’s  family.  Included  are  items  regarding  the  estate  of 
Edison  s  late  father,  Samuel,  and  the  financial  situation  of  Samuel’s  friend,  James  Symington.  Other  documents 
relate  to  the  death  of  Mina  Edison’s  brother,  Theodore  Miller,  from  wounds  received  in  the  Spanish-Amcrican 
War  and  to  the  wartime  army  service  of  Edison’s  son,  William  Leslie  Edison. 

1898.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Family  -  Edison,  T.A.,  Jr.  (D-98-07) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  by  and  about  Edison’s  oldest  son,  Thomas  A. 
Edison,  Jr.  Included  are  several  letters  written  by  Edison,  Jr.  to  his  friend,  Edward  J.  Redington.  Other  items 
pertain  to  Edison,  Jr.’s  business  activities.  There  is  also  a  note  by  Edison  to  Thomas  Commerford  Martin,  co¬ 
editor  of  the  Electrical  Engineer,  regarding  his  son’s  personal  and  intellectual  shortcomings. 

1898.  Edison,  TA.  -  Financial  (D-98-08)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  Edison's  personal  investments 
and  other  financial  interests.  Included  are  items  pertaining  to  personal  loans,  bonds  held  by  Edison,  and  his 
account  with  J.  P.  Morgan  &  Co. 

1898.  Edison,  TA.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  -  Advice  (D-98-09) 

This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  suggesting  improvements  in  Edison’s  inventions,  asking  him  for 
advice  on  technical  matters,  or  requestinghis  assistance  in  improving  or  promoting  an  invention.  Also  included 
are  unsolicited  letters  from  other  inventors  about  their  work. 

1898.  Edison,  TA.  •  Unsolicited  Correspondence  -  Business  (D-98-10)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  requesting  agencies  for  Edison's  inventions,  inquiring  about  their 
purchase  or  cost,  asking  for  other  information  about  his  inventions,  or  seeking  to  do  business  with  Edison. 
Included  are  several  inquiries  from  Mexico  regarding  phonographs  and  kinctographs  and  other  foreign- 
language  documents. 

1898.  Edison,  TA.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  -  Personal  (D-98-11)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  routine  personal  requests,  fan  mail,  and  other  items  for  which  no  record  of  a  significant 
response  by  Edison  has  been  found.  Included  are  letters  asking  Edison  for  educational  advice,  personal 
information,  loans,  charitable  contributions,  exhibits  of  his  inventions,  and  other  personal  favors. 

1898.  Edison,  TA.  -  Visitors  (D-98-12) 

This  folder  contains  letters  of  introduction  and  requests  to  visit  Edison  or  to  tour  his  West  Orange  laboratory. 
Included  are  documents  regarding  arrangements  for  visits  by  Josef  Hofmann,  the  renowned  concert  pianist; 
and  by  former  Governor  J.  Turner  Morehead,  accompanied  by  former  laboratory  employee  Robert  T.  Lozier. 
Substantive  letters  from  individuals  who  visited  the  laboratory  or  company  shops  on  business  can  be  found  in 
their  appropriate  subject  folders. 

1898.  Edison  Manufacturing  Company  (D-98-13) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  business  of  the  Edison 
Manufacturing  Co.  Included  are  documents  regarding  the  company’s  taxes  for  1898  and  items  concerning  a 
new  fan-motor  outfit  for  telephone  booths.  Related  material  can  be  found  in  D-98-22  (Motion  Pictures). 

1898.  Electric  Light  -  General  (D-98-14) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  electric  lighting  and  power.  Included  are 
documents  regarding  the  use  of  silk  filaments  for  incandescent  lamps  and  items  about  low-voltage  lamp 
experiments.  There  is  also  correspondence  concerning  the  annual  convention  of  the  National  Electric  Light 
Association.  6 

1898.  Electric  Light  -  Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Company  of  New  York  (D-98-15) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  Electric 
Illuminating  Co.  of  New  York.  Included  is  a  report  by  Richard  R.  Bowker,  first  vice-president,  discussing 
company  operations.  There  is  also  a  comparative  statement  outlining  the  price,  capacity,  and  number  of  the 
various  meters  within  the  company's  system. 

1898.  Electric  Light  -  General  Electric  Company  (D-98-16) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  Edison’s  involvement  with  the  General 
Electric  Co.  Included  are  a  letter  regarding  a  request  from  the  Smithsonian  Institution  for  a  collection  of 
incandescent  lamps;  an  item  concerning  the  presentation  to  Edison  of  a  "Z"  dynamo  originally  used  on  the 
S.S.  Columbia ;  and  a  report  pertaining  to  a  proposed  reduction  of  the  company’s  capital  stock.  There  are  also 
three  letters  from  the  company’s  Patent  Department,  addressed  to  attorney  Richard  N.  Dyer,  in  regard  to 
Edison’s  alternating-current  application,  case  no,  220,800. 

1898.  Exhibitions  (D-98-17) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning  electrical  and  industrial  exhibitions  in 
the  United  States.  Included  are  letters  regarding  the  exhibition  of  Edison  electrical  apparatus  at  the  Trans- 
Mississippi  and  International  Exposition  and  an  exhibit  of  the  Edison  ore  concentrating  process  at  the 
Philadelphia  Electrical  Exposition. 

1898.  Expanding  Pulley  (0-98-18) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  regarding  the  technical  and  commercial 
development  of  an  expanding  pulley  for  variable-speed  gears  in  motor  cars.  Most  of  the  letters  are  by  Charles 
M.  Johnson,  co-inventor  of  the  pulley,  and  pertain  to  the  patenting  and  marketing  of  the  invention. 

1898.  Glenmont  (D-98-19) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  Edison’s  home  in  Llewellyn  Park.  There  are  only  2  items  for 
1898.  Both  are  letters  from  S.  D.  Willard  &  Co.  regarding  landscaping  at  Glenmont. 

1898.  Mining  -  General  (D-98-20) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  mining  and  ore  milling.  Included  are 
documents  regarding  the  business  of  the  Edison  Iron  Ore  Concentrating  Co.,  Edison’s  interest  in  the  Ortiz 
gold  mine  in  New  Mexico,  operations  at  the  Ogden  mine,  and  foreign  ore  milling  matters.  There  is  also  one 
letter  concerning  a  proposed  visit  by  Edison  to  various  Portland  cement  plants  in  Pennsylvania.  Many  of  the 
documents  have  extensive  Edison  marginalia. 

1898.  Mining  -  Mines  and  Ores  (D-98-21) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  mines  and  ores  to  be  bought,  sold, 
worked,  or  tested.  Many  of  the  letters  were  written  in  response  to  reports  of  Edison’s  interest  in  developing 
a  separation  process  for  gold  ore. 

1898.  Motion  Pictures  (D-98-22) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  regarding  the  technical  and  commercial  development  of  motion  pictures. 
Most  of  the  letters  are  addressed  to  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  There  are  also  copies  of  outgoing  letters 
by  William  E.  Gilmore,  general  manager  of  the  company.  Included  are  documents  relating  to  arrangements 
with  William  C.  Paley  for  filming  the  events  of  the  Spanish-American  War.  There  are  also  items  pertaining 
to  efforts  by  the  company  to  procure  film  stock  from  Lumiere  &  Sons  and  Eastman  Kodak;  and  letters  from 
the  American  Parlor  Kinetoscope  Co.  concerning  problems  with  the  motion  pictures  purchased  from  the 
Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  Related  material  can  be  found  in  D-98-24  (Phonograph  -  General). 

1898.  Patents  (D-98-23) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  to  and  from  Edison’s  patent  attorneys  and  agents 
relating  to  domestic  and  foreign  patent  applications,  patent  litigation,  and  other  patent  matters.  Included  are 
letters  regarding  patents  for  Edison’s  ore  milling  system,  the  phonograph,  and  the  kinetograph.  Many  of  the 
items  pertain  to  patent  applications  on  Edison’s  ore  milling  system  in  various  foreign  countries,  such  as  Great 
Britain,  Germany,  Russia,  and  Spain.  Among  these  are  several  letters  exchanged  between  attorney  Frank  L. 
Dyer  and  his  brother,  Lt.  George  L.  Dyer,  who  was  stationed  at  the  U.S.  Legation  in  Madrid  at  the  outbreak 
of  the  Spanish-American  War.  One  of  the  letters  contains  comments  by  George  L.  Dyer  about  political 
conditions  in  the  United  States  and  Spain  on  the  eve  of  the  war.  Related  material  can  be  found  in  D-98-16 
(Electric  Light  -  General  Electric  Company). 

1898.  Phonograph  -  General  (D-98-24) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  commercial  and  technical 
development  of  the  phonograph.  The  documents  pertain  primarily  to  business  relations  among  the  various 
Edison  phonograph  companies,  foreign  sales  by  the  United  Slates  Phonograph  Co.,  and  litigation  involving 
the  legal  firm  of  Hayes  and  Lambert.  Included  are  comparative  sales  statements  for  the  Edison  Phonograph 
Works  and  the  National  Phonograph  Co.  for  the  years  1896-1897  and  a  10-page  memorandum  in  Edison’s 
hand  regarding  relations  between  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works  and  the  Edison  United  Phonograph  Co. 

1898.  Phonograph  -  Edison  Phonograph  Works  (D-98-25) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  Phonograph 
Works.  Included  are  a  lengthy  report  regarding  the  history  and  financial  condition  of  the  company  and 
specifications  for  the  construction  of  a  new  factoiy  adjacent  to  the  West  Orange  laboratoiy. 

1898.  Phonograph  -  Edison  United  Phonograph  Company  (D-98-26) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  United 
Phonograph  Co.  Included  are  items  regarding  the  company’s  financial  problems;  business  relations  with  the 
Edison  Phonograph  Works  and  with  inventor-manufacturers  Gianni  Bettini  and  George  V.  Gress;  the 
formation  of  the  Edison-Bell  Consolidated  Phonograph  Co.,  Ltd.;  and  contractual  disputes  with  French  and 
German  phonograph  syndicates.  There  are  also  company  financial  statements.  Most  of  the  letters  are  by  G. 
N.  Morison,  secretaiy  of  the  company,  and  are  addressed  to  Stephen  F.  Moriarty,  vice-president. There  is  also 
correspondence  by  Moriarty  and  by  John  E.  Searles,  president  of  the  E.U.P.C. 

1898.  Phonograph  -  National  Phonograph  Company  (D-98-27) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  regarding  the  business  of  the  National  Phonograph  Co.  Much  of  the 
materialpertains  to  the  Maryland  Phonograph  Co.,  sales  agent  for  the  National  Phonograph  Co.  Included  are 
letters  concerning  difficultiesin  estnblishingcompany  operations,  relationswith  local  distributors,  and  a  dispute 
with  agents  representing  the  American  Graphophone  Co.  Most  of  the  letters  are  from  Charles  R.  Miller  co¬ 
owner  of  the  Maiyland  Phonograph  Co.,  to  his  brother-in-law,  Walter  S.  Malloiy,  president  of  the  National 

1898.  West  Orange  Laboratory  (D-98-28) 

Tin's  folder  contains  correspondence,  reports,  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  operations  of  the  West 
Orange  laboratory.  Included  are  two  items  in  Edison’s  hand  concerning  orders  and  prices  of  chemicals.  There 
is  also  material  regarding  the  inspection  of  the  boilers  and  the  movement  of  the  storage  building  and  hose 
house.  ° 

1898.  Dick  (A.B.)  Company  (D-98-01) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  the  business  of  the  A.  B. 
Dick  Co.  There  are  only  2  items  for  1898,  including  a  letter  regarding 
Edison’s  sale  of  his  stock  in  the  company. 

Both  documents  have  been  filmed. 

1898.  Edison,  T.A.  -  General  (D-98-02) 

This  folder  contains  documents,  primarily  correspondence,  covering  a 
variety  of  subjects.  Some  of  the  material  relates  to  personal  matters. 
Documents  that  deal  with  more  than  one  subject  or  that  do  not  fall  under  the 
main  subject  categories  are  also  filed  in  this  folder.  Among  the  items  for  1898 
are  letters  regarding  Edward  H.  Johnson’s  relationship  with  Edison;  a 
proposed  letter  to  President  William  McKinley  on  behalf  of  the  inventor, 
Oberlin  Smith;  and  the  accidental  death  of  the  British  electrical  engineer,  John 
Hopkinson.  Also  included  are  letters  pertaining  to  the  gift  of  a  phonograph 
to  long-time  Edison  associate,  Spencer  Trask,  items  about  William  J. 
Hammer’s  search  through  Edison’s  records  for  documentation  of  electric 
railway  experiments,  and  a  brief  note  from  Andrew  Carnegie  to  Edison. 

All  the  documents  have  been  filmed  except  for  those  that  duplicate  the 
information  in  selected  material. 


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Jan.  14,  1898. 

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My  dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

I  have  your  dispatch.  I  enclose  copy  of  an 

installment  from  Mr.  Serviss's  story  in  this  Evening's  Journal. 

The  announcement  made  at  the  top  of  the  installment  reads  as  follows: 

"Edison '.s. Conquest  of  Mars,  by  Garrett  P.  Serviss.  (Copyrighted 
1898,  by  Garrett  P.  Serviss.)" 

Thomas;  A.  Edison,  Esq; 

Mr.  Serviss  called  upon  you  at  my  request.  My  original  hope 
was  that  you  might  consent  to  collaborate  in  this  story.  Mr.  Serviss,  however,  that  you  were  unwilling  to  do  so,  but  that  you  were 
willing  to  figure  in  the  story  as  the  .hero,  if  Mr.  Serviss,  the 
author,  saw  fit  to  use  you  in  that  way.  You  have  not  been  used 
*  otherwise,  as  you  will  see  if  you  will  read  the'  story  as  it  progress¬ 
es.  The  title  of  the  story  distinctly  gives  you  as  the  hero  of  it 
and  Mr.  Serviss  as  the  author.  X  shall  be  greatly  obliged  if  you 
will  tell  me  in  what  way  our  announcement  says  that  you  are. a  col- 
.  laborator .  -  -  '•  v 

The  story  is  called  Edison's  Conquest  of  Mars,  as  it  might  have 
been  called.  Tesla' s  Conquest  of  Mars,  or  Emperor  William's,  or 
John  L.  Sullivan's.  There  is  nothing  in  this  title  to  connect  you 
with  the  authorship.  ’  - 

You  havo  onco  or  twice  been  good  enough  to  oblige  me  with  excel¬ 
lent  interviews,  when  I  have /sent  reporters  to  you  or  called  upon  you  ‘ 
personally,  and  I  should  be  extremely  sorry  to  publish  anything 
concerning  you  that  could;  be  ; considered derogatory  or -unfair 
As  to  the  use  of-the  distinguished  name  of  an  cc^ia't  living  c irfoot't’ 



in  fiction,  I  may  .refer  you  for  precedent  to  Mr.  John  Brisben  Walk- . 
er's  story,  "Our  War  with  Spain,"  now  running  in  The  Cosmopolitan. 

In  this  story,  the  American  minister  to  Spain  is  hanged  and  Mr.  Wan- 
amaker  is  made  the  hero  as  you  are  in  Mr.  Serviss's  story. 

I  should  be  glad  to  hear  from  you  that  you  had  acted  in  regard  ... 
to  The  Sun  card  without  looking  carefully  into  the  matter. 

The  Evening  Journal  presents  you  to  its  readers  as  the  hero  in 
an  extremely  clever  fiction  story—  which  seems  to  me  to  be  perfectly 
legitimate  and  to  which,  Mr.  Serviss  te^ls  me,  you  assented.  It  pr ab¬ 
sents  you  in  no  other  light. 

Yours  very  truly, 


/Union  Station  and  Terminal  Associations. 



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-  «a  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  March  the  Slot,  and  wo n  just 
on  the  point  of  send ins  yon  o  oiatdnonl  of  what  I  have  alroadyaoeon- 
pliohod,  together  with  tho  paporo  collected  for  your  consideration.  i 
have  initialed  oaoh  of  those  papers  for  identification,  and  tho  ones', 
which  I  have  marked  on  tho  corner  with  a  star  are  of  particular  inter¬ 
est  and  inportanco. 

Lettors  of  Chars.  % 

Hughos  sent  from  Menlo  Park  to  Thonnrs  a. 

Ed in on,  05  5th  Avo. 

,  Fob.  3d 

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to  saraiol  .instill’,  go  .  5th.  Avo. , 

Fob.  17,  1383 

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Apr.  11  » 

hotter  of  Thom  Logans?.  Honlo  Park,  Feb.  13th,  1003  to  Thors. 

A.  Edison,  C5  5th  Avo. 

Letter  of  Car  Kfg.  Co.,  liar,  ,37th,  1333 ,  relative  to 
i’onlo  Park  pancongor  car. 

Letter  of  j,  H.  Pullar-,  Winnipeg,  Manitoba,  April  17,  1383, 
to  Then.  A.  Edition,  velati ve  to  tho  construction  of  an  electric  trwrwav 
in  that  plaoo. 

Lott  or  of  J-.  a.  Drill,  April  Cth,  1883,  to  Thor,,  A.  Mu  loon, 
rolatlvo  to  Car  Body-. 

Lottor  of  Goo.  V:  Croon,  Jan.  0,  1883,  to  Thors,  a.  Edition, 
rolatlvo  to  hio  work  on  olootrio  railroads.-  Mote — There  in  contsirtor- 

ahlo  oorronpondenoe  with  Mr-.  Greer,  which  you  night  oaro  to  have. 

Letter  of  F.  F.  Lowio  of  the  Clovoland-Palnocvillo-Ashtabult*. 
R.  R.  Co.,  April  3th,  1883,  donir In.-;  infernal  iosi  and  cootrs  of  Edison's 
railroad  tsyoton. 

Lottor  of  Major  Paten,  Mar.  Od,  1833,  to  c.  G.  Curtirs,  invit¬ 
ing  hln  to  join  railroad  non  in  an  inspection  of  tho  olootrio  road  at 
l.tonlo  Park. 

Letter  of  John  Ott ,  Menlo  Park,  Fob.  13,  1883  to  Thors.  A. 
Edison,  S5  5th  Avo. 

Letter  of  Philip  s.  Justioo  &  Co. ,  «„v.  mm*  ibbi,  rolativo 
to  tho  equipping  of  the  Minnesota  Roacl. 

*  ,h  *  ,I,QtiG:  of  v/-  L-  HoCrory,  President  of  the  Minneapolis .  I.yndal 
Rai]way*  referrinS  to  application  of  Edison's  system  to 
^  l  datod  AUS-  31st’  1882;  lotter  °f  W.  L.  Mocrory,  Odt. 
railS.  °  r  ,S  lnl'omatlon  of  results  of  tests  on  Edison's  electric 

.  SfJ,ter,fLAlxftln  CorMn’  resident  of  the  Lons  Island  r.  R. 
•Co.,  AUo.  .,5th,  1883,  to  33.  P.  Pabbri,  offering  to  give  part  of  road 
for  equipment  with  Edison's  system. 

ancl  Jh°^Qo,  +  Ed^0n,  J!ay  84 ’  1882  ’  t0  Mward  Biedormen, 

f/ un®  8d’  1882  t0  Edward  Suportae,  showing  Edison  is  ready 
^  or  the  equipment  of  an  electric  railroad  in  Switzerland  7 
as  soon  as  these  parties  have  their  syndicate  ready 

Transit  VVymn’  PrRRidont  of  tho  Staten  Island  Rapid 

Co*’  lcl'Jtivc  to  tne  use  of  Edison's  system  on  Staton  Inland 
nith  tho  Mint..,  ..lUMns  m,  SS? 

Snntn.  .  L°ttor  of  Erastuo  Wyman,  referring  to  visit  with  prominent 

friends  to  Ssu’t?  ?er1?ent  °C  tl10  Iron  steamboat  Co.  ,  and  other 
friends  to  visit  the  electric  railroad,  Bee.  ,14,  1383. 

voiona  „,„„iI,,0t.tGr  °f  ■^aRtur!  v/yinail<  expressing  satisfaction  at  tho  mar- 
elous  v.orl.  snown  by  Edison's  oleotric  railway,  dated  Dec.  30,  1883 
Vi  Hard  original  draft  of  agreement  between  Howy 

h  1(;  ”an“  r10®*  A.  Edison,  relative  to  the  building  of  two  and  one 
half  miles  of  electric  railway  with  freight  and  passenger  locomotives, 

Eleetnio  rTlTL0f  Se?,t‘  ?8*h*  1881  ’  fron!  thG  Directors  of  tho  Edison 
Eloctrlo  Light  Co. ,  authorising  Edison  to  negotiate  with  Villard. 

Letter  of  June  34,  1833,  from  '•’Ira.  H.  Kelly,  roiativo  to  the 
equipment  or  the  BrooMyn Brjte,  ,1th  eMetl,  nS&f.X. 

TTonsr.  n  n  °„  f  "  *  ’’  Wmn »'  Superintendent  of  Elizabeth  &  HowrK 
Morse  R.  E.  Co.,  desiring  to  inspeot  Edisonlo  railroad. 

-  .  .  rron  Thayer,  Commies  loner  of  Pair  mount  pnwv 

°°eot  !S’oSfr  th°  propo,5,3d  vl8lt  to  Menlo  Parle  to  'ini 

»rin  in  G3""t-H  railroad;  package  of  papers  marked  "A",  "3",  »c«  a 
1883?  cil0le'  ^ving  estimates  of  oost  of  electric  railroad  in  1881  & 

.  Lett  or  of  S.  M.  Johnson,  Nov .  33d.  irri  mi.hto  *- 

sms^snsn  s  iwHw 

rasrMd  tSrs sr££rs.n2£ 

13,  and  ApJet3WMR’r";in^fG+  °£  *ho  Phna^lDhia  Press  of  Mar.  3  a 
Hark,  and  Villard 'fentowlse.  ”  *  oleotrlc  ranr°ad  at  Menlo 

electric  railway  fo/S  »Ra?Jway ’a^-^"5  Rrtl°1°  Qn  Edit3on's 
resistances  in  series  with  the  armature  ’and  f  io^o  irouiL:  0®,lat ^ 


As  I  have  already  stated  to  you ,  I  havo  boon  through  on  onor- 
rnous  amount  of  papers  to  secure  those  which  I  send  you.  Host  of  the 
boxes  of  papers  which  I  have  bean  "chrbttgh,  contain  a  heterogeneous  Mix¬ 
ture  of  letters,  ost inatcc,  contracts,  telegrams,  lamp  reports,  pay 
rolls,  she  to  hoc,  and  othor  lainoollanoouo  matter.  It  has  taken  no* 
nearly  a  wool:  to  find  these  paper o  and  go  ovor  thorn',  and  I  have  boon 
through  nearly  all  of  the  boxes,  which  contain  the  archives  of  this 
period,.  I  think  that  it  is  highly  desirable  that  I  should  finish  tho 
rest  while  I  an  at  it,  and  this  will  not  take  a  great  while  longer. 

In  addition  to  thoso  papers,  I  expect  to  run  hurriedly  through 
tho  copy  books  containing  ?v,  Edison's  letters;  and  also -through  a  col¬ 
lection  of.  drawings,  sketches  and  blue  prints,  among  v/hioh  Mr.  Edison 
thinks  I  will  find  some  drawings  which  will  prove  of  value,  and  whioh 
he  has  given  me  a  memorandum  of. 

.  In  going  ovor  the  papers  whioh  I  have  already  inspected,  I 
have  found  Quito  a  number  of  documents,  whioh  it  seems  to  mo  might  prove 
•of  value  in  come  or  the  Company's  oases,  and  should  bH  among  your  ar¬ 
chives.  To  oite  instanoes— Copy  of  Pacindtti's  original  article  on 
the  Pacinotti  Machine,  translated  by  the  Assistant  Librarian  of  the 
British  Museum;  correspondence  betwoon  Edison  and  Longworth  Powors, 
relative  to  securing  duplicate  of  Faoinotti'o  Machine,,  which  it  ray  in¬ 
terest  you  to  know  was  built  by  Paoinotti  himself;  correspondence  of 
Batchelor  and  Liosqs,  relative  to  the  Paris  exhibition,  referring  to 
Swan's  method  of  lighting,  system  of  distribution,  and  many  othor 
things;  correspondence  of  Edward  K.  Johnson  tp  Thos .  A.  Edison  relative 
to  matters  in  England,  use  of  safety  catches,  fixture  inoullat ion,  reg¬ 
ulation  of  dynamos,  and  many  other  matters;  paper  by.  F.  J.  Sprague  on 
electrical  distribution,  prepared  for "La  I.uralere  Eleotrique "in  1681; 
report  of  John  Hopkin3on  on  Edison's  machines,  and  on  his  own  invention 
for  reversing  tho  current  by  device  shifting  brushes. 

Those  will  serve  to  indicate  what  I  moan.,  and  ifit  agrees 
with  your  ideas,  I  will  get  thoso  papers  and  others  together,  and  if 
there  is  no  objection  on  Mr.  Edison's  part,  willsend  thorn  over  for  your 
inspection.  I  think  that  it  would  be  well  for  you  to  give  mo  a  memor¬ 
andum  of  any  oases  now  on  your  docket,  on  whioh  you  desire  information, 
as  I  can  probably  put  my  hand  on  papers  of  value,  while  I  have  fresh  in 
mind  the  location  of  many  of  the  documents  I  have  already  been  thfough. 

After  conversation  with  Messrs.  Edison,  Batchelor,  Unton,  Ott 
Randolph  and  others,  I  an  sanguine  of  finding  very  Bhortly,  other  pa¬ 
pers  bearing  upon  the  points  which  you  have  requested  mo  to  look  up.  i 
o anno l  say  exactly  how  long  it  will  take  me  to  finish  up  the  rest  of 
tho  archives,  but  I  will  hurry  up  tho  matter  with  all  possible  speed, 
and  l  will  of  course,  be  guided  by  your  {Judgement  in  my  further  search¬ 
es  and  in  the  selection  of  such  napors  as  I  have  reforrod  to,  and  oth¬ 
ers  which  you  may  have  in  mind. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Electrical  Exhibition  Company 


New  York  Electrical  Society 


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W.  jy»Jenks,  Sen.,  secy., 
130  Broadway,  city. 
Dear  3  ir  :- 

Supplement  ins  ray  report  of  March  33c!,  1808,  X  Bond  you  none 
further  pap  or  o  wkioli  hear  particularly  upon  the  commercial  rstatun  of 
Mr.  Edison! o  work  in  oonnootion  with  thooleotrio  railroart^’bporation  at 
■Menlo  Park,  K.J.;  and  the  negotiation;],  agreoraontn ,  correspondence , 
estimates^  calculations,  personal  vipits,  &oi.,  relative  to  tho  equip¬ 
ment  of  electric  railroads  under  the  Edition  System  between  Rahway  end 
Perth  Amboy,  II. J.,  Fairmonnt  Park,  Philadelphia,  Pa.,  Manhattan  Elevat¬ 
ed  R.Rof  Hew  York,  Brooklyn  h  Atlantic  Boacth  R.R. ,  Long  Inland  R.R. , 

How  York,  Staten  Island, R. R.  ,  Hew  York,  storage  battery  for  Crystal 
Palace,  London,  Eng,  building  of  large  locomotive  for  England,  and  con¬ 
trol  of  system  in  Great  Britain;  roads  for  Cuba,  ^enesuela,  U.  S.  of 
Colombia,  Switzerland  and  other  placegy.  notably  Minnesota  and  Califor¬ 
nia.  Some  of  those  places  roforrod-  to  in  ray  previous  report. 

I  send  you  herewith  statement  of  coot  of  motive. power  and 
lighting  of  Manhattan  Elevated  Railway  for  t ho  month  of  April  1890. 
Letter  of  June  8th,  1880,  from  Secyy  Goddard,  referring  to  the  visit iof 
Col.  Hain,  Mgr.  and  Mr.  llavarro,  orie  of  the .principal  Directors  of  tho 
Manhattan •Elovatod  'R.R.  to  Menlo  park  to  inspect  the  Edison  syotom.. 

Extract  of  Major  8.  3.  Eaton's  letter  to  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

May  16th,  1383,  referring  tc  the  visit  of  Mr.  Shaw  and  Pennsylvania  of-, 
ficials  to  Monlo  Park,  with  a  view  of  applying  Edison's  Electrio  R.\  K., 
to  Pair mount  Park.  Letter  also  refers. to  Major  McLaughlin's  impatience 
about  tho  road  for  California.  (Major  McLaughlin  was  associated  with 
Mr.  Edison  in  his  mining  interests  in  California). 

Page  337,  letter  book  "A",  Edison  Laboratory,  lot tor  to  E.  H. 
Johnson  of  London,  from  Samuel  Instill,  K.Y. ,  dated  February  4,  1833, 
requesting  information  relative  to  elevator  7,hioh  Mr';  Edison  desired  to 
apply  to  Manhattan  Elevated  R.R.  in  New  York,  in  connect!  or,  with  tho 
oquipraont  of  that  road  with  his  system. 

Letter  page.  00,  letter  book  "C",  from  Tho  a.  A.  Edison,  Monlo 
Park  to  Theo.  Turrettini,  Geneva,  Switzerland,  of  Sept.  1st,  1883,  re¬ 
ferring  to  arrangements  concluded  to  build  two  fivg-nile  Edison  Electric 
Railroads  in  Gonova;  also  extract  from  letter  of  Thos.  A.  Edison  to 
Theo.  Turrettini  of  of  Aug.  37th,  1982,  referring  to  sending  working 
drawings  of  locomotive  & o.,  and  giving  detailed  explanation  of  insulat¬ 
ing  track,  bonding  same,  testing,  fto. 

Pago  538,  letter  book  "A",  extract  of  letter  of  Thos.  A.  Edi¬ 
son  to  c.  f.  Havemeyer,  II. Y. ,  referring  to  sending  skilled  workmen  to 
Geneva  to  equip  Edison  Elcotrio  Railway  systora. 

Vi.  j.  J.  (13) 

Letter  book  «o»,  page  ISA  ,  lot  tor  of  Then  A.  Edison,  to  pro::- 
ol-Morgan  &  Co.  of  Copt.  i;j,  1388 ,  roforvlnc  to  expend ituros  on  account 
of  Snell  oil  looonotive. 

Letter  of  Aug.  7th ,  1880,  of  a.  P.  Lowrey  to  Tho  a.  A.  Edison, 
referring  to  going  1  '>r>  Railroad  natters,  anti  seeing  Manors.  Vlllard, 
Pabbri,  and  llavarro  about  sane,  ami  dusiro  of  Hr.  Pabbri  interest in;.; 
himself  in  the  buninonn  In  England. 

Prow' Edison 'o  Laboratory  scrap  book,  No.  7,  article  from 
Railway  corvloo  Maganino,  Decor, ber ,  1881,  referring  to  equipment  of 
fifty  miles  o'"  road  in  Minnesota  by  Thos.  A.  Edison  for  President  Vil- 

Prom  lot  tor  book  "C",  Orange  Laboratory,  page  loo,  lot  tor  of 
Thos,  A.  Edison  to  Sraotuo  Nyrian ,  referring  to  arrangomnl a  for  supply¬ 
ing  -olootric  looowotlvo  on  fuutaor.  Inland  K.  it* 

Letter  of  Geo.  ?!.  JTopkinn  to  Then.  A.  Net  In  on,  Aug.  17th,  1080 
'  oontaino  note  in  "Ninon 'a  handwriting,  suggesting  t)mt  the  3d  it  or  of 
the  so  lent  if. lo  American  coned  to  Menlo  Par)-:  to  no, 3  tho  oloo  trio  looo- 
notivo  climb  tho  830  foot  grado. 

Lottor  of  E.  ?.  Nolls  to  Thos.  A.  Ndlnon,  desiring  to  ownlot 
in  tho  introduction  of  Edition' a  system. 

■  Lottor  of  TSobt.  Podge  to  Thos.'  A.  Edison,  Oot.  10th,  1880, 
relative  to  equipment  of  oleotrio  freight  railway. 

I.oftor  of  Chau.  N.  Levis  to  Thos.  A.  Ed  loon,  July  12th,  1880, 
roforriito  to  tho  doairo  of  hlnwolf  and  hin  friend  Mr.  Danker  to  anoint 
Edison  f  inane  l  olly  and  othe-^wlne,  in  the  dovoloponent  of  hin  olootric 
railroad  system. 

Lottor  from  Edgar  Thompson.  Stool  Co.  to  Thos,  A.  Ed  loon,  ro- 
lati-o  to  quotation  on  stool  rails.  Appended  note  by  Mr.  Edison,  re¬ 
ferring  to  ontimton  then  being  nude  for  portion  in  South  America. 

Lottor  of  Don,),  ?.  Sutler  to  Thou.  A.  Edison,  July  7th,  1830, 
exprosolftg  beliof  in  Edison's  el 00 trio  R«  R.  plans,  and  offering  as¬ 
sistance  of  himoo  If  and  friends. 

Lottor  of  3.  ?.  M or  h  o’ iso ,  to  Thors.  A.  Edison,  referring  to 
visit  of  promoters  of  Brooklyn  ft  Atlantis  Boaoh  7ile voted  R.R. ,  to  Menlo 
Park  to  examine  Edison's -Eleo trio  Engine. 

Lottor  of  v/.  Hiloy,  Prosident  Hookaway  Elevated  Railway 
co.,  May  noth,  1030,  to  Shoe.  A.  Edison,  stating  clot erminat ion  intro¬ 
duce  Edison' o  syntera  on  their  road,  and  expressing  satisfaction  with 
Edison's  syston. 

Lotto”  of  Janos  V),  Seymour  to  Thos.  A.  Edison,  referring  to 
strong  prospects  of  Edison  Electric  Road  between  Marianas  and  La  Playa, 
Cuba,  Aug.  30th,  1880. 

Letter  of  J.  3.  Ramiros  to  Then, A. Edison  asking  for  informa¬ 
tion  of  oleotrio  railroad  for  Vonoauola,  and  U.  B.  of  Colombia,  July 
37th,  1330. 

Lottor  book  "B",  Edison's  Laboratory,  page  135,  letter  of 
Thos.  A.  Edison  to  W.  H.  Patton,  Juno  20th,  1030,  in  which  Mr,  Edison 
refers  to  perfected  system  of  tranof drring  power  in  operation  to  Menlo 
Park  on  oleotrio  railway,  and  giving  information  in  this  and  subsequent 
letters,  rolativo  to  supplying  700  horse  power  to  13,000  horse  power 
from  Lako  Tabor  and  Carson  River  to  Virginia  City,  Nevada. 

-  -  -  .  .  (3) 

Corraspondonoo  rofora  to  elootrio  pumping  and  hoisting  machinery  aw 
Diamond  Drill  operated  hy  olootrloity.  " ’ 

Paohago  of  minoollaneoun  let  tors,  of  whioh  there!, a  verv  larro 
\°  chOT  th0  1]VKi(!nao  amount  of  detail  gone  into  at  Hon- 
lo  Para,  in  equipping  .ho  throe  miles  of  road  in  operation  there,  and 
of  "InS  "t  ^  Unf  ln  th0  S^aratlon  0f  estimates,  am  muhin* 
In  f  ir  tm  Tf  f? °  f?ada  t0  b0  Metalled  m  their  places. 

In  eou.~i.ion  I  o-ill  at ton .ion  to  Lot  tor  "oooh  ,iA",  Edison's  Laho^*- 
PaS<;S  374  t0  880’  *asoe  310  to  3.35,  and  pago^  aS  to 
w^ioh  give  oxponoos  ot  olootrlo  railroad  up  to  ITov.  10,  1031  «B  i'-Q  133 
Sw.los.X.*0  Juno  8’  188J3’  119  °8’?40-71'  «*  to  Poh.  1st,’  issa.’S 
+  -i  T!\i!3  1(3  1  a'00 ''  on  roaa  material  and  exponses  man  lot- 

^rasr-sKa^r **  *•*> 

My  Dear  Mr.  Jonhs:-'  "" 

x  1  saw  -you  on  v/adnosday  evening  you  ashed  mo  to 

PaJlfSoomotSvo?  2“  **“  "«**"*"  •*»»  »*«• 

Yours  very  truly, 

/  V,  «  .  jrr  CfAb.  *U.*  e-*r**~i i 

mr.  Thomas! 

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New  York  Office,  44',Broad  St. 

April  12-98 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

Mr.  Coffin  has  aslced  me  to  answer  your  memorandum  in  reference 

to  the  letter  dated  March  21st.  which  you  received  from  E.  E.  Brown¬ 
ell,  in  which  he  asks  you  the  following  questions :- 

(1)  "Can  a  singLe  trolley  electric  railroad  of„large  traction 

using  eaflth  and  rail  return  he  remedied  under  any  and  all  condi¬ 
tions  so  as  to  absolutely  prevent  the  electrolysis  of  gas, 'wat'frr  and 
other  pipes?  :  “ 

(2)  "is  not  the  double  trolley  system  or  any  road  using  an 
insulated  return  for  the  current,  a  positive  preventive  of  the 
electrolysis  of  gas,  water  and  other  pipes?" 

I  presume  it  is  undoubtedly  true  that  the  single  trolley  road 
cannot  be  arranged  so  as  t'o  absolutely  prevent  the  electrolysis  of 
gas,  water  and  other  pipes,  and  that  a  perfect  double  trolley 
system  will  absolutely  prevent  such  electrolysis. 

The  purpose  of  the  writer  undoubtedly  is  to  get  a  negative 
answer  to  the  first  question  and  a  positive  answer  to  the  second, 
so  that  the  same  can  be  used  in  some  way  to  prevent  the  introduction 
or  extension  of  the  single  trolley  system. 

Unless  you  feel  under  obligations  to  answer  these  questions,  ■ 

I  would  suggest  that  if  the  letter  becomes  lost  and  no  reply  is 
given,  it  will  be  the  best  possible  solution  so  far  as  the  effect ( 
upon  our  business  is  concerned.  If,  however,  you  feel  obliged  tb-^V 
answer  these  questions,  I  trust  that  you  will  feel  free  to  say  that 
the  single  trolley  system  can  be  so  arranged  with  supplementary 
return  wires  as  to  practically  eliminate  electrolysis,  and  ‘that. 


while  the  double  trolley  system  will  completely  eliminate  electroly¬ 
sis,  it  introduces  other  troubles  and  annoyances  by  the  multiplica¬ 
tion  of  overhead  wires  which,  everything  considered,  makes  it  less 
desirable  than  the  single  trolley  system. 

^rusting  that  you  may  feel  free  to  help  us  out  to  at  least 
this  extent,  I  am, 

With  great  respect, 

Very  cpr*  lly  your's, 



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that  those  living  at  ti  distance  who  desire  to  use 
their  machine  in  the  contests  need  not  bring  their - 
typewriters  with  them  to  New  York.  Mr.  VV.  H 
Durphy,  the  New  York  manager  of  the  company, 

>  r?  w-  ?“-■ I  “r 

elected  secretary.  After  some  discussion1*!!  was  and^ta-'sfft 

hf  the?r  derisin*6  COnd,t.,on,1  ‘°  govern  ‘the  judged  tournTment^vinTake'place" 
in  their  decisions, as  printed  in  the  circular  which  1  1 

ission  it  was,  and  evening,  May  14,  are  ’the  dates  on  which  the 

The-  following  letter  from  Mr.  T.  A.  j 

the  judges. 

The  executive  committee,  consisting  of  Fred  1 
Catlm,  A;  E.  Sink,  T.  J.  Smith,  P.  B.  Delany  and  ; 
J.  B.  Taltavail,  heid  a  meeting  immediately  after  j 
the  judges  adjourned.  Mr.  T.  J.  Smith  was 
appointed  a  committee  to  arrange  for  suitable 
phonographic  records,  and  Mr.  P.  B.  Delany 
provide  apparatus  for  chemical  or  other  recori 
not  phonographic. 

The  executive  committee  then  adjourned,  1 

Edison  Battery 
Fan  Outfits 

1898  Models. 


THOS.  A.  EDISON,  Proprietor. 

|  - r - 1  FACTORY,  •  ORANGE,  N.  J. 

JSt.  James  Building,  Broadway  ana  26th  st.,  New  York. 
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New  York,  March  15th,  1 

Telegraphic  Tournament  . 

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^Madison  Square  Garden,  New  York^  May^J898^  x 

ONDER  the  auspices  of  the  New  York  Electrical  Society,  a  grand  Electrical  Exposition 
will  be  held  at  Madison  Square  Garden  during  the  month  of  May,  and  it  has  been 
decided  by  the  Board  of  Control  that  the  telegraphic  fraternity  shall  be  represented 
by  a  fast-sending  and  receiving  tournament,  at  which  liberal  prizes  will  be  awarded  to  the 
victors.  Competent  judges  will  pass  upon  the  merits  of  the  performances,  speed  and 
accuracy  of  transmission  and  perfect  machine  recording  being  the  basis  upon  which  the 
decisions  will  be  rendered. 

The  transmissions  will  be  of  five  minutes’  duration,  except  in  the  message  class, 
which  will  be  of  thirty  minutes. 

In  the  first  260  words  of  the  matter  to  be  sent,  there  are  14  periods,  17  commas, 
3  paragraphs,  2  colons  (ko),  1  hyphen  (hx),  1  dash  (dx),  1  interrogation,  1  quotation 
(qn)  and  1  end  quotation  (qj),  which  are  equivalent  to  about  12  words. 

The  omission  or  addition  of  any  telegraphic  character  shall  constitute  an  error. 

Use  all  punctuations,  including  paragraphs.  Attention  is  called  to  this  matter  in 
order  that  misunderstandings  may  be  avoided. 

This  circular  is  published  as  a  guide  for  operators  who  contemplate  entering  fast- 


sending  contests,  enabling  them, 
chances  for  success. 

The  following  matter,  which  was 
senders,  except  in  the  code  class,  where  n 

The  command  of  Gideon  and  the  assurance  that 
Jehovah  had  sent  him  was  distinctively  a  mission. 
He,  among  many  other  great  names,  felt  he  had  a 
mission  in  life,  and  faithfully  filled  it.  And  finding 
the  secret  of  his  success,  we  unfold  it  as  the  secret 
of  all  success.  Herein  is  the  secret  in  profane  and 
sacred  history  of  every  well-wrought  work — of  every 

successful  life.  Fixed  In  men’s  memory,  and  — - 

m  the  Book  of  Life,  are  the  names  of  those  m 

women  who,  using  the  talent  God  has  givei . , 

have  allied  themselves  to  omnipotence  and  so  become 
strong  and  great. 

There  is  no  problem  greater  and  that  stares  us  so 
continually  in  the  face  as  this,  viz:  What  is  the  real 
purpose  of  life?  Just  as  you  give  an  answer  to  that 
do  you  make  life  great  or  small.  Men  have  thought 
and  worked  at  many  an  answer  to  this  problem. 
The  stoic,  the  epicurean,  the  philosopher,  the  miser, 
the  man  who  seeks  for  pleasure,  the  deeply  religious 
soul,  have  each  given  his  answer. 

They  are  all  aiming  at  this,  viz:  “How  to  be 
happy.  ’  And  the  answer  at  first  seems  very  easy 
and  natural.  Get  what  you  want  and  you  will 

:  does,  to  gauge  their  ability  and  decide  upon  their 

sd  in  the  contests  in  ’93,  will  be  used  by  the 
t  matter  will  be  used : 

be  happy.  But  experience  teaches  us  that  when  we 
have  gotten  what  we  wanted  we  discover  that  it  is 
thought  it  to  be.  And  no  sooner  is  one 
‘  "  another  comes  clamorous  to  the 

in  and  sacred  < 

want  satisfied  tl 

We  want  to  make  life  longer,  broader,  deeper. 
We  want  to  see  m  it  a  mission  of  some  kind.  Life 
gift,  but  with  that  gift  comes  a  charge,  the 
id  charge  of  duty,  and  the  duty  is  this  :  “  Go  in 
this  thy  might ;  have  not  I  sent  thee  ?  “ 

It  is  the  climax  of  human  wisdom  to  estimate 
aright  our  duty  and  our  ability  to  do.  It  is  the 
climax  of  divine  revelation— the  promise:  * 
shield,  and  thv  exceeding  great  reward.  1 
i as  a  sense  of  his  own  rr 

- - -  time  feels  the  Lord  has  se»»i.  mm 

do  His  work,  and  is  ever  with  him.  If  you  cease  to 
strive,  and  cease  to  learn  and  cease  to  do  for  others 
and  know  not  God,  you  may  as  well  cease  to  live. 
No  man  can  do  a  truly  great  work  without  being 
virtuous,  and  no  man  can  be  virtuous  without  God 


Championship — Open  to  all.  Prizes  for  senders  and  receivers. 

Ladies’  Class — Free  for  all.  Prizes  for  senders. 

Code  Class  (Phillips  Code)— Open  to  all.  Prizes  for  senders  and  receivers.  Unknown 
matter  will  be  used. 

Message  Class — Prizes  for  receivers.  50  messages  to  be  sent. 

230  Words  Class— Open  to  all.  Barring  those  who  have  a  record  of  230  words  or  better. 
Prizes  for  senders.  No  receiving. 

240  Words  Class— Open  to  all.  Barring  those  who  have  a  record  of  240  words  or  better. 
Prizes  for  senders.  No  receiving. 

An  entrance  fee  of  $2  must  accompany  each  entry,  except  in  the  ladies’  class. 
Entries  close  April  30. 

The  contests  will  probably  occupy  one  afternoon  and  two  evenings,  about  the 
middle  of  May. 

Contestants  who  have  entered  will  be  duly  informed  when  dates  of  trials  are  defin¬ 
itely  settled. 

FRED  CATLIN,  Mgr.  Tournament 

Western  Union  Building,  7th  Floor 

195  Broadway,  New  York  City 


Hong  Kong  May;  17th  1898. 

The  Edison  Laboratory. ^ 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Gentlemen.-^  ^ave  for  acknowledgment  your  favor  dated  Yokohama  April 
29th,  for  which  we  thank  you.  The  Phonograph,  Records,  etc,  came 
safely  to  hand  and  we  have  duly  honored  your  draft  for  cost  of  same. 

We  note  that  you  will  try  and  arrange. for  a  discount  on  the  above  on 
Mr.  White’s  arrival  at  home,  and  we  will  be  glad  if  this  can  be  managed 
for  we  have  been  obliged  to  sell  the  outfit  for  your  published  price  as 
per  catalogues  circulated  in  Hong  Kong.  W,e  shall  have  no  difficulty 
in  disposing  of  the  blanks  here,  as  also- the  records.  , 

We  very  much  regret  to  say  that  since  your  Mr.  White  left  us  the 
Plague  has  shut  down  like  a  fog-bank  on  any  prospects  of  anything  like 
a  healthy  business  for  the  present  and  the  scare  among  the  Chinese  is 
very  great.  This  has  put  a  stop  to  the  demand  for  anything  in  the  line 
of  Kinetoscopes,  for  the  natives  shun  a  crowd  as  they  would  the  pes¬ 
tilence  itself.  The  young  man  Tak  Cheong  and  his.  brother,  with  whom 

we  were  arranging  for  the  sale  of  a  couple  of  Kinetoscopes,  Doth  aied 
of  the  plague  shortly  after  Mr.  White  left  us.  /  7  . 

As  regards  the  films,  we  note  your  further  discount  of  2C%  and  we 
would  ask  you  to  credit  us  with  the  same  on  the  28  films  purchased  from 
Mr.  White,  as  we  find  several  individual  importers  have  been  able  to  . 
procure  -similar  or  better  terms  than  those  already  allowed  on  the  28  m 

question^  refer0nQe  tQ  your  agenCy  for  Hong  Hong  and  South  China,  we 
would  be  prepared  to  fit  up  a  showroom  in  Ice  House  Lane  specially  for 
the  exhibition  of  your  specialties,  and  would  offer  as  a  suggestion, 
that  you  send  us  a  set  of  your  samples  of  your  various  productions  in 
electric  batteries,  fans,  bells,  etc,  with  the  fullest  particulars  as 
to  prices,  shipment,  packing,  etc,  etc. and  immediately  after  the  hot 
season  is  over,  say  at  the  end  of  August,  we  will  set  to  work  and  open 
up  the  business.  'The  samples  would  always  remain  with  us  for  your 
account,  and  at  your  orders  for  disposal  if  at  any  time  you  should  see- 
fit.  Our  reason. for  making  the  suggestion  is  the  obvious  iact  that  it 
is  a  much  simpler -matter  to  sell  from  samples  than  from  catalogues.  If 
you  should  make  us  a  shipment  kindly  mark  the  goods  &.Co.  and 

ship  to  "Order11  direct  to  Hong  Kong,  via  San  Franciscp.  . 

Regarding  the  Kinetoscope  we  suggested  to  Mr.  White  the  desira¬ 
bility  of  having  an  additional  arrangement  for  showing  lantern  slides 
whilst  the  changing  of  films  was  in  progress.  In  this  connection  we 
would  be  prepared  to  supply  slides  of  Chinese  and  tropical  subjects  on. 
verv  reasonable  terms,  and  to  give  you  a  crude  idea  of  our  possible 

over  200  different  pictures,  gotte'n  up  originally  by  Mr.  Hurley  in  the 
form  of  Christmas  cards.  . 

One  word  with  reference  to  the  Kinetoscope.  .  We  have  an  inquiry 
for\this  machine  but  the  buyer  has  heard  of  the  Biograph  and  does  not 
care  to  order  the  former  until  he  can  get  some  particulars  of  the  latter 
instrument.  We  should  be  glad  to  hear  if  you  manufacture  them  and  to 
have  a  description  of  the  same,  with  quotations  as  to  prices,  etc,  etc, 
as  they  are  not  familiar  to  us. 

We  are, 

Yours  faithfully. 


-  •**  .Broad  Street,.  ftew  j  >JC>  ....  .  ...... 

Dear  Sirs:-  v.t 

We  have  for  acknowledgment  your  favor  of  Hay  25th,  contents 
of  which  have  had  attention  and  for  which  wo  thank  you.  We  must  apol¬ 
ogize  for  having  delayed  answering  up  to  this  time,  which  is  partly  ex¬ 
plainable  by  the  fact  that  we  were  waiting  a  reply  to  our  communication 
of  May  17th  to  the  Edison  Laboratory  at  Orange,  and  partly  because  of 
the  dullness  in  business  matters  brought  about  principally  by  the  plague 
which  caused  a  stampede  amongst  the  Chinese. 

Sin»e  the  departure  of  Mr.  ait.  free,  thie  Colon,  we  hare  by  no 
wans  lost  sight  Of  your  interests;  but  after  looking  thoroughly  into 
th.  matter  in  all  Its  bearings  .e  have  reaohed  the  conclusion1  that  your 
best  interests  here  .ill  be  much  better  served  by  a  house  having  a  large 
retail  connection  with  the  Chines,  in  Hong  Kong  and  Canton,  .ho  are  in 

teuoh  with  this  sort  of  business;  rather  than  by  a  wholesale  mercantile 

We  have  therefore  placed  the  whole  matter  in  the-  hands  of  Messrs 
Kruse  &.  Co.  of  this  port,  who  are  beyond  question  the  best  people  to 

^^^^he^bes^peopl^in^Manil^^and^ve^ould^tro  °flt6n  and  co"™etions 
confirm  them  as  your  agents  ti,!!  f?  strongly  recommend  you  to 

H?ng Kong  SouthChinal^thfphilioSiSq  mo™Pol.yof  your  biisiness 

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in  the. premises  will  moot  your  approJal  and  JrUStln§  ?F  actil^ 

Mr.  Uhiie  and  the  Edison 

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Thos.  A.  Edison  Esq.  ,  /  j-9 

Orange ,  H,  J.  (j 

Dear  Friend:  ,  ,  ■  j  ,4. 

In  the  latter  part  of  the  80’ s  D,  H.  Ogden  undertook  to  build 
a  Cross  Town- street  Railway  running  to  the  Bluffs  into  a  desirable 
residence  district. 

He  was  stalled  in  getting  his  franchise  and  having  done  a 
great  deal  of  business  with  me  in  former  years  asked  for  help. 

I  first  loaned  him  #500.00  which  was  not  enough  and  he  had  to 
get  $2,500.00  more. 

He  had  been  dickering  with  the  Thomson  -  Houston  people  for 
apparatus.  i 

At  the  time  the .Edison  interest  had  taken  up  the  Sprague  Com¬ 
pany  and  I  told  Ogden  that  unless  he  would  deal  with  them  he  could 
have  no  further  assistance  from  me.  He  agreed  to  this  and  I 
had  him  get  a  report  from  the  Sprague  people  ,  who  said  the  Road 
was  feasible  and  submitted  an  estimate  of  the  cost  and  machinery 
required.  ,  , 

On  the  strength  of  this  I  secured  the  $2,500.00  for  Ogdeiu 

He  obtained  the  franchise  and  started  to  bMld  the  Road  as 
directed  by  the  Sprague  people. 

I  soon  found  that  Ogden  was  addicted  to  narcotics  owing  to  a 
long  rheumatic  illness  and  had  lost  his  old  vim  and  method. 

This  forced  me  to  assume  the  sale  of  the  bonds  of  the  Company 
and  I  raised  $55,000.00  to  complete  the  Road. 

The  Sprague  apparatus  was  not  adequate  to  the  work  required  of 
it  on  the  ten  per  cent  grade  and  in  the  winter  of  90  everything 
petered  out  and  the  road  shut  down. 

The  Sprague  people  then  claimed  that  their  latest  motors  would 
do  the  work  and  agreed  to  fix  us  all  up  provided  we  bought  two  of 
the  latest  motors  at  $3,000.00  each  with  an  extra  amount  for  trucks. 

This  was  agreed  to  and  after  about  three  months  work  on  the 
part  of  their  expert  everything  was  turned  over  to  the  Company. 

In  the  settlement  a  three  months  not^was  given  by  the  Key  City 
Electric  Street  Railway  Co.  for  the  motors  which  I  endorsed. 

I  did  this  because  some  of  our  bond  holders  had  agreed  to  fur¬ 
nish  the  money  but  they  were  in  Europe  and  the  Company  heeded  the 

By  the  time  the  bond  holders  returned  it  had  developed  that 
the  new  motors  were  not  much  better  than  the  old  and  the  bond  hold¬ 
ers  quit,. 

The  Road  struggled  along  through  the  winter  but  in  the  Spring 
of  91  it  went  into  the  hands  of  a  Receiver. 

The  Road  was  sold  and  was  bought  in  by  the  bond  holders. 

The  Bond  holders  then  made  a  combination  with  the  Allen  &  Swe- 
nie  line  in  Dubuque.  ,■  This  Road  used  Thomson  - 
and  had  also  been  through  the  Receivership  mill. 

-  Houston  apparatus 


The  Sprague  motors  were  now  taken  off  'and  much  larger  motors 
put  Into  the  service  and  the  road  works  well  and  :^oes  a  fine  business 

The  General  Electric  or  its  friends  have  managed  to  capture  the 
whole  thing. 

The  note  fell  to  the  Edison  General  Co.  and  failing  to  collect 
from  the  Key  City  Electric  Street  R’y  Co.  they  sued  me. 

Bear  in  mind  that  the  Sprague  CO.  had  already  received  thousands 
of  dollarsfor  apparatus  at  top  prices  from  the  Key  Oit  Co.  bought 
expnessly  on  their  advice  much  of  which  was  worthless  for  the  use 

This  trade  came  to  them  by  my  good  will. 

You  know  that  I  have  been  a  consistent  friend  of  the  Edison 
interests  for  many  years  and  have  turned  large  amounts  of  business 
into  their  hands. 

Under  the  circumstances  I  say  that  the  prosecution  of  this 
suit  against  me  is  unjust  . 

I  think  you  ought  to  have  this  suit  withdrawn  at  once  and  in¬ 
structions  sent  here  to  have  the  matter  adjusted  equitably. 

Of  course  the  lawyers  think  it  is  a  great  thing  to  harrass 
an  individual,  .  ;  They  want  me  to  confess  a  judgment  for  some 

$4,800.00  which  means  ruin  to  me  at  this  time. 

For  a  long  time  motor  equipments  of  double  the  power  of  those 
sold  to  the  Key  City  Co.  have  been  on  the  market  at  $700.00  . 

.The  idea. of  punishing  me  to  such  an  extent  as  proposed  is 
malicious  in  my  judgment.  . 

I  have  no  ill  will  in  this  matter.  The  General  Electric 
has  had  a  great  battle  to  fight  and  I  hope  the  day  is  near  at  hand 
when  it  will  reap  the  large  profits  deserved  by  the  high  efficiency 
now  attained.  . 

Please  advise  me  if  you  can  do  anything  about  this  matter  and 
there  is  need  of  haste  as  the  case  is  near  trial .. 

Sincerely  Yours,  f 


rt.‘ PRESCOTT,  N 




New  York, . Deo. . 12th, . 1898 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Hdison, 

Edison,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir,-  Your  favor  of  Deo.  8th  received  and  care¬ 
fully  noted.  You  must  be  misinformed  that  1  am  advertising  myself  as 
your  agent,  as  1  do  not  remember  ever  having  done  so.  1  styled  myself, 
While  in  partnership  with  Mr.  Stevens  ,  as  •Edison  Phonograph  Agency", 
and  am  obliged  to  continues  the  use  of  that  name  on  my  letter-heads  and 
Office  door  so  long  th  Hdison  Phonograph  Agency  liquidation  is:  in  progress 
As  1  am  still  selling  Edison  phonographs,  the  use  Sf  the  name  oannot  be 
injurious  to  your  interest.  1,  however,  have  no  desire  to  use  your  name 
in  oonnectlon  with  the  Edison  Phonograph  Agency  longer  than  is  absolute¬ 
ly  necessary  to  liquidate  suoh  Agenoy,  as  1  find  X  can  sell  more  goods 
on  my  own  name  than  ‘ttnderiany  other,  and  1  propose,  in  the  future,  to 
advertisa'P.M.  Preeeott*  .  I  am  only  sorry  that  X  did  not  oome  to  this 
conclusion^  years  ago.  My  sales  for  November  were  #17,164.  I  believe  the 
Edison  Mfg,  Co.  received  about  #1200  of  this  amount  while  the  National 
Phonograph  Co.  received  nothing.  This  month,  and  from  now  on,  none  of 
your  interests  will  receive  directly  any  orders  of  mine. 

‘  2 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

1  am  aware  that  Mr*  Stevens'  business  is  increasing  slightly, 
but  I  am  confident,  with  all  the  protection  and  the  backing  you  and  Mr, 
Gilmore  may  give  him,  that  it  will  never  amount  to  what  1  am  able  to  do. 

It  seems  to  me  that  you  are  paying  pretty  "dearly  for  endeavoring  to  esta¬ 
blish  Mr,  Stevens  in  the  business,  but  so  long  yoi^are  satisfied,  1  have 
nothing  to  oompltin  of.  If  you  live  long  enough,  *°rae  day,  1  think,  you 
will  be  convinced  of  the  trutbnof  thta  statements!  have  been  trylbg,to 
impress  upon  you*  Mr.  Gilmore  has  stated  to  you  and  has  circulated  the 
story  to  the  trade  that  1  have  been  cut  off  from  receiving  your  goods 
because  1  cut  prices*  but  you  know  arid  I  know  that  the  onlynpricee  1  have 
cut  have  been  to  follow  Stevens'  leaddt&d  dhdeavor  to  meet  'his  competition 
And  although  Mr.  Stevens  still  continual  to  cut  prices  and  offer  phonographs 
at  the  ridiculous  disdount  of  45^/  at  which  quotation  1  could  not  possi¬ 
bly  Seli,  his  supply  is  not  Cut  off,  doing  the  same2 thing  that  1  have 
been  accused  of.  The  real  reason  that  I  was  cut  off  was  that  Stevens 
might  suCoeed  and  the  trade  is  thoroughly' aware  of  that  faot  to  his  die-1 
credit  and;  to  your  discredit, 

1  have  wrlttentthia  long  letter  as  1  know  you  do  not  have  time 
to  go  into  details.and  whatever  Mr.  Gilmore  and  others  tell  you,  you  take 
for  the  gospel  without  hearing  the  other  aide  of  the  story. 

Very  truly  yours. 


^  NoivYo tic. 

Mew  York,  Deo.  14th,  1898. 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq., 

Orange,  M.  J. 

My  Dear  Mr.  Edison:  — 

Upon  my  roturn  to  New  York  yesterday,  I 
received  from  Mr.  Gilmore  a  lottor  stating  that  in  aooordanoo 
with  instructions  recoivod  from  you,  ho  was  to  send  me  a 
phonograph,  with  outfit,  So.,  complete. 

I  beg  to  assure  you  of  my  appreciation  of  your  thought¬ 
fulness  in  this  matter,  and  to  thank  you  for  it.  This  will  bo 
when  received,  the  only  substantial  thing  that  I  havo  received 
from  my  firm's  connection  with  the  Phonograph  Company.  I  shall 
take  great  pride  in  showing  it . 

Again  thanking  you  for  tho  phonograph,  as  well  a3 
for  tho  pleasure  which  I  know  my  friends  and  I  will  derive  from 

Believe  mo, 

Faithfully  your3, 

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Mr.  W.  J.  Hammer 
To26  Cortlandt  St. 


Contract  No. _ 

Requisition  No. 
Subject  _ _ ^ 

Date  Deo.  26  98 

Dear  Siri 

After  a  diligent  search  I  can  find  none  of  the  note  books  I  used 
at  Menlo  Park  and  do  not  know  where  they  are  unless  they  may  happen  to 
be  among  some  papers  and  relics  of  mine (kept?)  in  the  Adirondacks. 

I  have  written  there  to  find  out.  The  only  book  I  can  find  is  one 
containing  a  description  of  the  Hulks  t(?)  Ketohane  isolated  plant  on 
Oct.  IB  1881.  From  some  letters  though  I  have  established  the  fact 
that  of  ^/connection  with  the  Menlo  Park  Laboratory  not  earlier  than 

the  Utter  part  of  1881  or  early  in  1882  so  that  any  testimony _ 

as  to  the  use  of  coarse  field  winding  would  be  valueless.  I  remember 
it  well  though  on  the  Z  (or  A)  machines  used  in  connection  with  the 
electric  road  to  Pumptown  and  find  one  sketch  of  it  in  this  book  though 
almost  obliterated.  If  I  can  be  of  any  service  will  cheerfully  do 

Very  Truly  Yours 
F.  A.  1/lardlaw 

I  have  your  favor  of  the  23rd  inst,  and 
carefully  noted.  Although  you  admitted  to  me  last  September  that  there 
was  no  reason' why  i  should  not  use  your  name  and  that  you  could  not 
stop  me  from  using  it  if  you  wanted  to, I  will  see  that  your  request  is 
complied  with.  ,  .  r 

An  Associate,;*?#  ,|rt>e  house  of  Messrs,  .Paths  Preres  of  Paris, the 
largest  fina  in  Europe  in .the  pro jectoscope, film  and  talking  machine 
line,  is  in  Hew  York, making'  his  headquarters  With  lije.  He  has  brought 
over  sample b  of  films  of  his  house, also  samples  of  the  blanks  they  are 
making  in  Prance,  Of  course  he  could  not  do  any  phonograph  business 
with  you,  but  he'  would  like  to  meet  you  to  talk  over  the  film  business, 
as  it  is  possible  you  might  wish  to  make  some' arrangement  whereby  you 
could  sell  his  films  in  America»or  exchange  negatives'  with*  him,  he  man¬ 
ufacturing  Edison  films  in  Prance  from  your  original  Edison  negatives 
and  you  manufacturing  Pathe  films  in  Orange  from  original  Pathe  negatives. 
If  you  or  Mr .Gilmore  can  spare  a  few  minutes  I  should  be  pleased 
to  bring  out  to  Orange  this  your  convenience  .  He  is  re¬ 

turning  to  Paris  on  January  7th, so  if  you  will  grant  him  the  favor  of  i 
interview  it  must  be  before  that  date. 

Awaiting  your  pleasure,  I  am 

[TO  W.J.  JENKS?] 

copy_  f/Y'] 

Doouments  from  Orange  Laboratory .  'V.-  ^ 

■  ’  "While  -awaiting" Mr .  Edition yeot'erday'^'i  went  through  a  lot  of 

j-P.apers,;.that  had  been  stored  ' in'  a  Vault'- tinder  '.the  laboratory;  Offlq©  .at 
'-Metilo:  Park,  Ybu  -wiii4n6ti6&!'froa' their  appOaraiioe  •  tkat .-^ii'e^  ktiye-been 
soaked  with'water.'  ih#  fere  all  sttiok  together.  1  have  found  some 
: valuable 'material  among 'this.;, 1 .  4  '. 1  W;  :  ’ 

'  Mr.  Buckingham,  ‘t'hb1 ^  oth’er  day  plaoed  considerable, stress on 

■the  'faot  tkat 'Mri-^Ed'isfdn'a  mot’OrO  were -plkOed  under  the  pla't'f 6xia  pps  ‘ 
floor  of  the  oar,  1  ■  J  ..  •'••••••'•'•'• 

1  enclose 'a'  letter  of  Mr,  Derails  Barnes  of  Mew  York  to,,Thoa. 
•A.'  Edison,  of  November  7th,7  '1883,  deferring  to  #l's  investigating,  eiec- 
trio  railways;  and  requesting  Mf.  Edison'S  opinion  as  jto.'.ilfc- best' metfr- 
ods  of  applying  eledtrio  power  to  oars.  At'  the  top"  yotf  will  hJote!  in 
Mr,'  Edison ro  handwriting,  instructions  to  his  secretary,  and  on  the 
baok  of  the  letter  in  Mr.  Edison's  handwriting  and  initialed  by  him,  is 
stated  his  opinion  that  'the''  motor  'in  mbtit '  oases',  bo'  placed'  direct  iy  ,un- 
dor  the  oar,  Mr,  Edison  told  me  yesterday  that  he.  had  'spent  out  of  his 
own  pooket,  $42,000’ oh  this  road  at .Menlo  park.  As  confirming  this,' I 
enclose  an  interesting  statement,  dated"  February fst,’  18&3,  giving"  WW 
cost  of  the  roadbed,  trestles,  insulation,  rolling  stook,  eto, ,  as  a- 
mounting  to  the  stim  of  $3’7:,720,68,  ~‘f'  '  '  *■'■".  , 

Bearing  upon  the ' point  whioh' I  raent  ioned'  'the  other  day  of  Mr, 
Sprague's  following/'tijpi  Mr,  Edison's  work  at  Menlo" Park,  I  enclose 
letter  from  Edward  HV  Johnson  of  London,  England  of ‘'.April  11th,  1883  to 
Mr.  Edison,  suggesting  the  employment  of  Mr.  SpraguS  to  take  oharge  of 
his  railway  experiments,  in  view  of  the  subsequent  arrangement  whioh 

Messrs.  Johnson  and  'sprague  and  their  Company  made  Vith  Mr.  Edison  and 
the  Edison  Maohlne  W«ke,  relative  to  the  manufacture,  and  sale  of  tio- 
tors,  working  under  Mr.  .'.Edison's-patOnts,'  eto,,‘  this  'iettef  indy  fee  ser¬ 
viceable  as  indioatifig  that ■  there  was  no  abandonment  of  Mr,  Edison's 
work.  f  t,yj  (•'  ■'  ■  ••  •'  -  “ 

1  alBo.  enoiosef'for  your  in&peot ion ,  a  Copy  of  the  Jnoorporfr* 
tion  of  the  Electrie  Hallway  C6,  of  the  united  states,  dated  April 'goth 
1883;  -also'-«^e«aen:t3'dtweeti;ite’88rs;;%t'e^hen  D,  Fi'ei&:’et‘;'al -and  ThotaAs- 
A*  Edison  et  al  in  re 'New 'York  dity  oClffpCny,  dated '  April  B0(th».  ,188§7n 
Aodotnpattyiiig  ‘tills  is  th0  lo't'tby*  of*  S«  '3*  ^Eaton  to  Tjioria.8  A**  Edisoii*^  of 
April  23d,  1883,  '  '"'V'  « [>  ^ 

■ :  I  "'ono  Iobo  two'  le tt tips .  of  W ,  if,  Stewart  of  Saxit'ietgi,  Chilli  ito 
Thotoae  A,  Edison  under  date  of  October ‘27th, ''1883'  and  Deoefijb'er  istV " ' 
1882,  *  Both  ©f-'thstee  letters  refer  to ’the'  exploiting  of  Map*  Edison's 
system  of  eleotrioi  railroads  Itl  South'Aribrioa,  '  + 

. .  ;  I  eric  lose  a  letter  of  Geo.  s,  Ladd  of.  San  Francisco  to  Samuel 

insull  of  April  19th,' '1883,  inquiring  about  Mr,'  Edison '.s  plwis^pr.’lto* 
oreasing  tract  ion  for  his  eleotrio  looomotive,  “  AttaoHed  Vo  t&s  is '  an 
interesting' paper,  referring  to  the  use.  of. magnets, creepers,  .and  nota¬ 
bly 'the  use  of  two  or  more  oars  t'o  give'  traction  by  placing  tketfat'or  1 
on  each  car.  This  nattef  bears  Upon! ’  the  point '  that  Mr ' rfr- 
f erred  to •  the  other  day,' 'in  whioh  the  oars  were  separat‘elyJdtipplled 
with  motors,' instead 'of  being  drawn  by  tke  loo  emotive,  !'>* 

Letter  of  C.  v/.  Rogers  to  Samuel  Insull  of  Aug.  30th,  ISSS* 
referring  to  arrangements  made  to  run  the  road  at  Menlo  Parkt 

.Letter  of  Benjamin  Rhodes  of  Niagara  Ralls,  to  Edison  Elec¬ 
tric  Railway  Co.,,  of  January  23d,  1883,  desiring  to  use  Mr.  Edison's 
system,  and  inquiring  whether  it  is  on  the  market'  for  general  use* 

Letter  of  W.  Mo  crory,  of  Minneapolis,  Minn,  to  Thomas  A,  Ed¬ 
ison,  relative  to  the  use  of  Mr.  Edison's  system  in  that  city* 

Letter  of  Chas.  s.  Hurd  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  relative  to 
■building  and  Edison  Eleotrio  Railroad. 

Yours  very  truly, 

^  ^ : a:  -  •  tv  -  37  tfe? 

"  i  eno lose  this  memorandum  pf  the  following  papers,  whioh  jl 
have  taken  from  the  laboratory  files:-  f 

Letter  of  Samuel  Insull  of  N.Y.  to  Chas.  Batchelor,  in  Paris 
under  date  of  Oot.  30th,  1802,  refering  to  the  eleotrio  railroad  auk 
Menlo  Park,  in  whioh  a  referenod  ie  made  to  the  locomotive  being  bufi.t 
for  England;  also  a  letter  of  Samuel  insull  of  N.Y,  to  wm.  H.  Rideing' 
of  Boston,  dated  Oot.  30th,  1882,  refering  to  Menlo  Park  road,  wtating 
that  Mr.  Edison  had  at  that  time  a  passenger  looomotive,  whioh  would 
attains -speed  of  upwards  of  fifty  miles,  drawing  a  ooaoh  containing 
forty  people;  also  looomotive  capable  of  drawing  ten  oars,  eaoh  oarry- 
ing  four  tons  of  freight,  at  the  fate  of  ten  or  twelve  miles  an  hour, 
and  stating  that  they  are  now  finishing  a  oar  whibh  will  run  by  itself 
having  a  commutator  that  works  Underneath  the  oar,  whioh  oar  would  car¬ 
ry  thirty  people  at  fifteen  miles  ah  hour,  at  the  expense  of  two  and  a 
half  or  three  horse  power;  then  follows  a  description  of  the  riad,  and 
closing  with  a  referenoe  to  the  eleotrio  looomotive  then  being  built 
of  the  capacity  of  the  ordinary  Hudson  River  R.R.  looomotive,  whioh 
when  tested  is  to  bo  sent  to  England  for  the  purpose  of  exploiting  el¬ 
eotrio  railroads  fchere. 

Letter  of  Sami,  insull  of  N.Y.  to  Geo.  E.  Gourraud  of  London, 
stating  that  Mr.  Edison  is  laying  a  new  track  for  his  eleotrio  railroad 
about  throe  miles  ^n  length;  that  he  is  building  a  looomotive  to  have 
a  maximum  speed  W*  ftpe-hundred  miles  an  hour,  and  stating  that  he  is 
also  going  to  bui^d  a  freight  locomotive. 

I  enoloj®  a  letter  of  Fred  A.  Soheffjer  to  Chas.  T.  Hughes, 
dated  April  17th,  1882,  for  a  brass  ring  to  be  made  for  the  new  motor. 
These  rings  way  Pe  seen  on  one  of  the  oars  now  at  Menlo  Park.  It  oo- 
ours  to  me  |n?.  Soheffler,  who  is  now  the  faotory  Superintendent  of 
the  Sprague  Eleotfi®  Co.,  might  giYe  some  interesting  information  about 
the  early  work,  and  as  he  is  a  warm  personal  friend  of  mine,  I  oan  see 
him  should  you  deem  it  desirable. 

I  enolose  a  letter  of  June  12th,  1882,  signed  "White®,  being 
I  think,  from  Judge  Andres  White,  in  whioh  he  refers  to  the  use  of  Mr. 
Edison's  road  pn  the  Canal,  on  the  Brooklyn  Bridge,  and  in  Central  Park 
and  on  the  elevated  railroads. 

I  enolos®  a  monthly  statement  from  the  Jersey  City  Wheel 
Foundry  and  Madhind  Works,  amounting  to$785.14,  under  date  of  August 
28th,  1882.  I  'fcrwiw  that  this  oonoern's  name  is  stamped  on  some  of  the 
wheels  now  at  Men)*}  PfcfW.  I  also  note  on  some  of  the  truoks,  the  name 
of  S.A.BemiB,  patented  Ifesl#  &e. 

I  $nolode  ypu  a  monthly  statement  of  December  31,  1881  from 
John  Stephenson  Co.  for  #687,6.0.  This  is,  I  believe  for  the  passenger 
oar  whioh  I  Jhlnk  1  sent  you  a  bill  for,  and  whioh  oar  is  at  Present  at 
the  Orange  Laboratory. 

I  enclose  you  eleven  freight  reoeipts  of  the  Penna.  R.R. ,  of 
November  and  December,  1881,  whioh  in  the  main  refer  to  material  fur¬ 
nished  for  Mr.  Edison's  eleotrio, railroad* 

1  enclose  statement -foir  the  P*  &  R.  C.  &  I.  Co.  Rolling  Mills 
Reading,  Pa;  also  reoeipt  of  James  MoClfea  for  #17.60  in  paymsnt  of 
gravel  delivered  to  Thomas  A.  Edison. 

When  1  go  to  Orange,  I  axpeot  to  get  some  other  papers  show¬ 
ing  the  delivery  of  this  material  for  oonstruoting  the  road  at  Menlo 
Park,  the  oharaoter  and  the  amount  of  the  deliveries,  and  from  whom 
they  are  sent* 

1898.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Articles  (D-98-03) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  requesting 
Edison  to  write  articles;  correspondence  relating  to  articles  about  Edison  and 
his  inventions;  and  letters  from  journalists  seeking  to  interview  Edison. 
Included  is  a  questionnaire  about  high  explosives  by  inventor  Hudson  Maxim. 

The  5  documents  not  filmed  are  routine  letters  from  journalists  with  no 
significant  response  from  Edison. 

M,  T,  RICHARDSON  CO,,  Publishers, 

27  pArk  place, 

New  York, .,...x898 . 

^  ^W5lW 

Will  you  be  good  enough  to  gratl^r  the  curiosity  of]  one  > 
who  has  always  been  a  warm  admirer  by  saying  whether  or  not  your  C 
name  as  used  in  a  sensational  story  now  being  published  in  a  New 
York  newspaper  is  so  used  with  your  approval. 

Trusting  you  will  pardon  what  may  seem  like  presumption, 
and  kindly  favor  me  with  a  reply,  for  which  I  beg  to  enclose  a 
stamped  and  addressed  envelope,  I  remain. 

Mr.  Thos.  A,  Edison, 

Menlo  Park 

Dear  Sir: 

Yours  respectfully, 


Massachusetts  institute  of  Technology, 

(Mar  5th  1898)  Boston  Mass 

Themas  A. Edison  Esq, 

Edison  Sussex  county  h.j. 

My  dear  Sir:- 

I  have  now  made  up  my  notes  on  your  works  whioh  you 
so  kindly  allowed  mo  to  visit  in  February,  and  in  aooordance  with 
your  permission  I  send  them  to  you  for  revision. 

I  will  in  the  first  place  indicate  what  I  would  like 
to  have  you  do  for  me  and  then  you  can  decide  how  muoh  of  it  you 
care  to  do. 

In  the  MSS  I  have  marked  the  statements  I  am  doubtful 

about  with  a  red  ink  underscore  ^ _  or  with  red  ink  writing. 

I  shall  be  very  grateful  for  any  of  these  points  on  which  you 
can  set  me  right  or  tell  me  that  I  ora  right,  by  scratching  out 
the  red  line. 

in  regard  to  blue  prints,  I  shall  be  very  glad  to  receive 
any  of  the  blue  prints  indicated  in  the  list  on  the  last  page. 

I  am  particularly  anxious  to  be  set  right  as  to  the  split  wobbler, 
as  its  exact  construction  is  not  olear  to  me. 

You  made  a  remark  in  regard  to  your  sprocket  conveyors 
namely  that  the  shearing  strength. of  steel  was  only  Sooo  lbs  per 
square  inch.  If  the  ultimate  strength  of  steel  is  30000  lbs 
and  shearing  is  4/5  of  that  the  shearing  strength- would  be  48000 
lbs  and  if  a  faotor  of  safety  of  3/e  was  used  that  would  bring 
the  safe  working  load  up  to  8000  lbs.  it  seems  to  .mg. 
have  missed  some  point  in  your  argument  which  puts  it  2000>'’lbs.< 

Mr  Locke  wants  me  to  express  to  you  his  thanks  for  his  •  ■ 

h  f' 


share  in  the  vejjy  ^6±§uo^.v^5Tl  ay  we  spent  v/ith  you,  and  his 
apology  tor  la^yjftg  ^>jAb n  suoh  unceremonious  haste. 

ffikJoefcg'tfe sires  me  further  to  say  that  he  put  the 
\  capaoity£oi§?a  $lime  table  a  little  too  high,  it  should  be  about 
"**  10  ton^p^c^J^r  a  table  17  feet  in  diameter. 

In  regard  to  my  notes  I  will  nay  that  if  there  is  any 
part  yo^Tijjjj»»4o  treat  confidentially  I  will  gladly  aoceckfc  to 
your  wto^i^you  will  put  a  mark  on  the  margin  to  that  effect. 

iTs^all  not  be  able  to  send  my  MSS  to  the  printer  before 
next  August,  I  understood  you  to  say  that  all  your  rights  would  be 
protected  by  that  tine,  In  the  mean  time  I  will  treat  the  whole 

Thanking  you  many  times  for  your  kindhess  to  me  I  am 

MCClure’s  Syndicate.  _  _  Hastings  house,  Norfolk  ; 

. - .  The  S.  S.  MCCLURE  CO.  stran^on. 

Thomas  A.  Edison 
Edison,,  1T.J. 

A\V  /  NEW  YORK,  April  SI, 1898. 

Mr.  Theodore  Waters  wrote  an  articlo  for  us  some  time  ago 
on  the  solving  of  the  culm  problem,  by  which  millions  of  tons  of  refuse 
culm  arB  turned  into  good  coal.  The  article  is  entitled  "Another 
Great  Edison  Discovery,"  and  I  bolieve  has  had  your  approval. 

Mr.  Waters  asked  us  to  hold  it  for  a  while  until  you  sig¬ 
nified  your  willingness  tliat  it  should  bo  published.  We  are  anxious 
of  course  not  to  have  it  appoar  elsewhere  boforo  wo  use  it,  and  should 
feel  obliged  to  you  if  you  would  let  us  know  whether  you  have  now 
any  objection  to  our  spnding  it  out  to  our  papers  for  publication 
within  say  three  or  four  wooks^, after  hearing  from  you. 

Thanking  you  for  your  many  courtesies. 

Tours  vory  truly. 

C&  .  rr- 

To  THOMAS  A.  EDISON,  Esq., 

New  Jersey. 

Dear  sir, 

I  am  soon  to  publish  a  book  ei  titled  "High  Explosives 
Warfare ",  whion  will  deal  with  the  science  of  explosives  and  th  eir 
application  in  warfare,  embracing  submarine  mines,  automobile  tor¬ 
pedoes,  torpedo  boats,  submarine  torpedo  boats,  aerial  torpedoes, 
and  torpedo  guns. 

I  wish  to  publish  in  the  book  some  opinions  of  the  wind's 
eminent  men  concerning  the  future  of  high  explosives  in  warfire.  Am 
soliciting  opinions  not  only  from  naval  and  military  men  and  others 
expert  in  matters  relating  to  warfare  and  war  material,  but  also  of 
eminent  statesmen,  litterateurs,  moralists,  philosophers,  scientists 
and  inventors. 

Am  sending  you, 

printed  matti 

descriptive  of  my  system  of  throwing  high  explosives  from  ordnance, 
including  my  lecture  before  the  Royal  United  Service  Institution  of 
Great  Britain,  an  article  from  Engineering,  June  10th.,  and  an  article 
from  the  Cosmopolitan  Magazine,  and  one, from  Cassier's  Magazine  for 
July,  and  which  will  be:  largely  reproduced  in  the  book. 

It  will  be  esteemed  a  great  favor  if  you  will  examire  the 
system  and  give  your  opinion  of  it.  Any  criticisms  which  you  may 
care  to  make  will  be  equally  thankfully  received  and  appre elate.: d, 
and  will  also  be  published  in  the  book. 

■While  I  am  inviting  opinions  concerning  my  own  system, 
still  I  am  equally  desirous  of  obtaining  opinions  of  the  systems  of 
others  relating  to  the  employment  of  high  explosives  in  warfare,  - 
the  Whitehead  type  of  torpedo,  the  torpedo  boat  and  the  submarine 
torpedo  boat. 

The  main  features  upon  which  opinions  are  desired  are  em¬ 
bodied  in  the  following  questions,  but  I  do  not  wish  you  to  be  con¬ 
fined  in  any  way  to  the  following  questions  in  your  criticisms  or 


1st.  What  is  your  opinion  of  the  value  of  high  explosives  as  a  des¬ 
tructive  agent  in  warfare,  and  the  part  destined  to  be  plaje  d  by 
them,  and  ttkeckaecx  will'  it  be  a  dominant  part  or  a  subsidiary  one? 

2nd.  If  aerial  torpedoes  carrying  taooc  500  lbs.  of  high  explosive  can 
be  thrown  at  all  fighting  ranges  at  sea  with  equal  velocity  and 
accuracy  as  the  projectiles  now  thrown  from  twelve  inch  guns,  and 
carrying  half  a  ton  of  high  explosive,  at  slightly  less  velocity, 
and  from  a  gun  weighing  no  more  and  costing  no  more  than  the  pre- 
sent  twelve  inch  gun, ‘  then  what  is  your  opinion  of  the  value  and 

efficiency  of  such  aerial  torpedoes  in  naval  warfare? 

3rd.  If  a  sea-coast  gun  can  be  built  and  erected  at  a  cost  no  greater 
than  the  present  twelve  inch  sea  coast  gun,  and  which  shall  be 
capable  of  throwing  500  lbs.  of  high  explosive  in  half  a  ton  of 
steel  ten  to  twelve  miles,  half  a  ton  of  explosive  in  a  ton  of 
steel  eight  to  nine  miles,  and  a  ton  of  high  explosive  in  a  ton  of 
steel  four  to  five  miles,  what  is  your  opinion  of  the  value  and  ef¬ 
ficiency  of  this  weapon  as  compared  with  the  present  twelve  inch 
gun,  which  throws  a  projectile  weighing  half  a  ton  and  carrying 
only  thirty-seven  pounds  of  black  rifle  powder? 

4th.  What  is  the  likelihood  that  the  above  results  can  be  attained  by 
means  of  the  Maxim-Schupphaus  multi-perforated  progressive  burning 
smokeless  powder,  in  conjunction  with  the  type  of  gun,  form  of  pro¬ 
jectile,  kind  of  fuse,  and  character  of  fulminating  compound  pro¬ 
posed  in  my  system? 

5th.  What  is  your  opinion  as  to  whether  wet  compressed  guncotton, 
picric  acid,  or  any  other  explosive  known  to  you,  will  be  suffic¬ 
iently  insensitive  to  stand  the  shock  of  acceleration  in  the  gun 
necessary  to  the  attainment  of  the  above  results? 

6th.  What  is  your  opinion  of  the  efficiency  and  sphere  of  usefulness 
of  the  present  torpedo  boat,  and  what  modifications  in  the  same 
would  you  suggest,  if  any? 

7th.  What  is  your  opinion  as  to  the  efficiency  and  sphere  of  useful¬ 
ness  of  torpedoes  of  the  Whitehead  type,  and  to  what  extent  would  ' 
their  value  be  increased  could  they  be  sent  through  the  water  at  a 
speed  from  twice  to  four  times  greater,  say  at  the  rate  of  from 

sixty  to  100  miles  an  hour,  without  any  material  alteration  in 
the  type? 

ah.  What  is  your  opinion  of  submarine  boats  in  general,  or  of  any 
of  the  proposed  types,  as  for  example,  the  Holland? 

9th.  What  will  probably  be  the  coming  dominant  type  of  war  vessel? 
Will  it  remain  the  heavily  armored  expensive  battleship,  or  will 
this  type  be  modified  or  replaced  by  lighter  and  swifter  vessels? 

10th.  What,  in  your  opinion,  are  the  humanitarian  bearings  of  im¬ 
proved  implements  and  agencies  of  warfare? 

11th.  Should  the  inventions  of  civilians  be  utilised  and  civilian 
inventors  encouraged  by  Governments  and  civilians  be  given  equal 
opportunities  with  soldiers,  or  should  all  such  work  be  left  en¬ 
tirely  to  naval  and  military  men. 

12th.  Have  the  inventions  now  being  utilised  by  the  most  enlightened 
nations  been  mostly  produced  by  civilians,  or  by  soldiers,  and 
does  not  the  vastly  greater  number  of  civilians  above  soldiers 
naturally  place  greater  possibilities  of  invention  with  civilians, 
notwithstanding  the  special  training  of  naval  and  military  men? 

Thanking  you  in  advance,  for  any  opinion. ,  criticism,  or 


I  am,  dear  sir, 

Yours  very  respectfully, 


1898.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Clubs  and  Societies  (D-98-04) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison’s  membership  and  activities  in  social  clubs  and  professional  societies. 
Included  is  a  letter  containing  Edison’s  comments  regarding  the  failure  of  the 
Royal  Society  and  the  Academie  des  Sciences  to  formally  recognize  his 

All  the  documents  have  been  filmed. 

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Jan  10th,  1898. 

7.  A.  Edison,  Esq. 

Dear  Sir, 

I  am  under  the  impression  that  neither  the  Royal  sooiety 
nor  the  Academie  des  Sciences  ever  bestowed  upon  you  any  medal, or  prize 
or  membership,  or,  in  fact,  ever  formally  recognized  you  or  your  great 
work.  Would  you  mind  telling  me  if  this  impression  is  correct? 

Your'd  gaithfully. 

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Jl/lmneapolis.  February  7,  1898. 

My  deal-  Sii* :  — 

1  have  the  honor  to  inform  yot.  that,  at 
the  January  meeting  of  our  Cominandery,  you 

ion  under  l.,ll.  and  111.  of  Circular  Ho.  26 
(ton t  honorary  as  to  the  admission  fee). 

The  American  Wars  is  organized  to  promote 
love  of  country  and  flag,  and  your  name  and  in¬ 
fluence  will  greatly  assist  the  Society  in  its' 

Yours  very  sincerely, -- 


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Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

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Dear  Mr.  Edison, - 

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At  a  recent  banquet  of  the  Boston  Electric  Club  <pol. 
Chandler  (President  of  the  Postal  Company)  delivered  an  after-dinner 
speech  over  the  telephone  from  his  residence  in  Brooklyn,  and  it  has 
been  suggested  that  the  Club  would  enjoy  it  very  much  if  you  would 
talk  to  us  by  telegraph  on  the  occasion  of  our  next  dinner,  to  be  held 
on  the  evening  of  May  5th.  If  you  will  favor  us  I  will  arrange  for 
a  wire  to  be  run  into  your  laboratory.  There  will  be  present  at  this 
dinner  several  telegraph  men  who  were  in  the  service  of  the  Western 
Union  Company  in  Boston  at  the  time  you  were  here  in  1868  and  1869. 

An  early  reply  will  greatly  oblige. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Geological  Society  of  Hustralasia.  1 


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1898.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Family  -  General  (D-98-06) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  by  and  about  Edison’s  family. 
Included  are  items  regarding  the  estate  of  Edison’s  late  father,  Samuel,  and 
the  financial  situation  of  Samuel’s  friend,  James  Symington.  Other  documents 
relate  to  the  death  of  Mina  Edison’s  brother,  Theodore  Miller,  from  wounds 
received  in  the  Spanish-American  War  and  to  the  wartime  army  service  of 
Edison’s  son,  William  Leslie  Edison. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
documents  not  filmed  are  routine  letters  from  J.  P.  Morgan  &  Co.  concerning 
the  payment  of  the  monthly  stipend  to  Edison’s  daughter,  Marion  Edison 

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Schenectady,  N.  Y. ,  April  1,  1898. 

Mr.  John  Randolph,  esq. , 

%  Thomas  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  Y. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  have  your  esteemed  fa/or  of  yesterday's  date  asking  me 
to  send  Master  Charles  Edison  spch  postage  stamps  as  I  may  have  for 
his  collection.  At  one  time  /  had  quite  an  accumulation,  but 
since  I  have  been  here,  thei4  have  been  children  of  friends  of 
mine  to  whom  I  have  given Jk  considerable  number.  I  will  see  what 
I  have  left  and  will  wit/  pleasure  forward  them  to  you,  and  any  I 
may  get  hold  of  in  the/uture,  I  will  certainly  send  forward  1 
young  Edison. 






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Dear  Madam, 

As  attorney  for  Mr.J.w.S.Peck  of  New  Kaven.l  hold 

two  promissory  notes  given  him  by  w.L.Edlsonjone  of  $22.dated  Dec. 9/97, 
the  other  of  $16. 50. dated  Dec. 22/97. 

Letters  sent  your  son  by  Mr  .Peck, and  his  New  Haven  well  as 
from  me  receive  no  attention. 

Upon  receipt  of  check  for  the  amt. I  will  remit  notes  with  receipt. 
.Check  should  be  made  to  my  order, as  I  have  to  sign  receipt. 

I  cab  be  seen. at  any  time  at  my  house  as  i  am  confined  within  door 
by  sciatica. 

Dictd.  Respectfully  yours 

80  Glebe  St. Orange, N.J. 

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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Menlo  Park,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  beg  to  enclose  statement  of  cable  expenses  and  cash 
advanced. in  connection  with  your  son,  Mr.  William  Edison,  in  Porto 

Our  Mr.  Frederick. R.  Rohl  has  returned  from. that  Island,  and 
says  that  he  had  considerable  trouble  in  locating  your  son  there,  but 
after  doing  so-  found  him  perfectly  well. 

From  copies  of  correspondence  enclosed  you  will  notice  that  we 
opened  credit  in  favor  of  your  son  for  $600.00  with  Messrs.  Fritze, 
Lundt  &  00.,  of  Ponce.  Should  your  son  avail  himself  of  this  credit 
we  will  advise  you  as  soon  as  we  receive  notice  thereof  from  our 

Yours  very  truly, 

B.  P.  J.  M.  CEBALLOS 





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New  Jersey  and  Pennsylvania  Concentrating  Works. 

ORANGE,  N.  J. 


IQH  BRIDGE  BRANCH,  C.  R.  R.  OF  N,  J. 

Edison  Office  Telephone,  5  B  Dover,  N.  J. 
Orange  “  "  311  Orange. 

Edison,  Sussex  Co.,  N.  J., October  20th,  isos 

Mosers  J.  M.  Ceballoa  &  Co., 

SO  Wall  Street,  ..... 

Mew  York  Oit£* 

Dear' sirs:-  '  1  *v 

. Yours  11th  has  been 'wait  in??  the  writ  era  return  an  a  we 

beg  now  to  confirm  'telephone  massage  sent  you  last  Monday  morning 
(17th)  to  cancel  by  cable  the'  credit  given  Mr  William  L.  Edison. 

Tf  you  will  recall  the  telenhone  message  at  the' time 
'  young  Edison  was  reported  sick,  you  will  remember  that  Mr  Edison 
requested  in  case  his  son' was  sick  give  to  him  every  attention 
necessary, and  he  certainly  did  not  suppose  you  would  advance  him 
any  money  provided  he  was ‘not' sick, he  also  says  that  if  at  the  time 
you  had.  cabled  your  representative  to  make  the  credit, you  haa 
notified  him  he  would  have  cancelled  it. 

Mr  Edison  greatly  appreciates  your  help  in  looking  up  his 
son  and  we  trust  you  will  succeed  in  canceling  the  credit  before 
it  has  been  further  drawn  on.  Please  adviGe  us  at  earliest  possi¬ 
ble  moment  how  much  of  the  credit  Edison  Jr  has  used. 

Yours  very  truly, 

C  E  B  ALLOS  St  CO. 


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W.  8.  Mallory,  Esq., 

The  New  Jersey  &  Pennsylvania  Concentrating  Works, 
Edison,  Sussex  Co.,  N.J, 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  yesterday’s  date  respecting  Hr.  Wm.  Z.  Edison  and  have 
taken  due  note  of  same.  On  receiving  telephone  message  last 
Monday  morning,  we  at  once  cabled  to  Porto  Rico  cancelling 
the  credit  and  we  shall  no  doubt  here  from  our  correspondents 
in  due  course  as  to  whether  this  credit  has  been  availed  of. 
Yours  very  truly, 

1898.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Family  -  Edison,  T.A.,  Jr.  (D-98-07) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  by  and  about 
Edison’s  oldest  son,  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Jr.  Included  are  several  letters 
written  by  Edison,  Jr.  to  his  friend,  Edward  J.  Redington.  Other  items  pertain 
to  Edison,  Jr.’s  business  activities.  There  is  also  a  note  by  Edison  to  Thomas 
Commerford  Martin,  co-editor  of  the  Electrical  Engineer,  regarding  his  son’s 
personal  and  intellectual  shortcomings. 

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"Old  Ed":- 

Yours  received  some  time  ago  and  honestly  and  truly  I  have  been  so 
awfully  busy  X  dont  know  where  I  am  half  of  the  time,  or  what  I  am  doing,  so  I  hope 
you  will  excuse  me  for  not  replying  to  your  letter  before. 

Seeing  that  you  are -who  you  are,  I  am  going  to  tell  you  something  of  my 
position  at  the  present  writing,  and  let  you  judge  for  yourself  if  I  am  not  in  a  fine 
fix  for  one  so  horribly  young  as  I  am. 

If  I  was  only  a  little  older  it  would  be  very  different  for  X  am  greatly 
handicapped  by  my  age,  I  seethat  very  plainly  every  day, I  have  confidence  in  myself 
but  for  the  first  time  in  my  life  X  must  throw  up  my  hands  and  admit  that  I  filive  not 
a  bit  of  courage. 

The  Attorney  General  of  California,  together  with  several  very  prominent 
business  men  and  engineers,  came  west  especially  to  see  me  upon  matters  pertaining  to 
my  scheme  to  utilize  the  tides  of  the  sea  for  power  purposes. 

They  invited  me  to  take  dinner  with  them  at  the  Fifth  Avenue  Hotel,  which  I 
did,  and  afterwards  we  held  a  long  consultation  in  a  private  room;  The  details  of 
this  meeting  would  be  too  long  to  tell  you  Ed  old  man,  but  the  substance  of  it  was 
that  they  went  simply  wild  over  my  scheme,  every  one  of  the  engineers  indorsed  it  and 
of  course  this  agitated  the  other  men. 

They  presented  to  me  seueral  propositions  all  of  which  means  an  immense 
amount  of  money  to  me,  but  the  very  one  that  would  ultimately  give  me  the  largest 
income  is  the  very  one  I  think  I  am  less  capable  of  handling,  and  so  on  down  to  the 

Iasi  proposition. 


settles  it. 

I  think  however  that  Sawyer's  camp  will  be  satisfactory  to  us  all,  for  we 
are  rather  used  to  it  and  that  makes  a  good  deal  of  difference  sometimes,  dont  you 
think  so? 

In  regards  to  going  over  to  "Renville"  I  think  it  would  be  too  much  of  a 
journey  for  the  girls,  for  we  must  remember  that  we  are  all  invalids  and  I  hardly 
think  we  could  undertake  this  trip  without  the  assistance  of  several  trained  nurses 
and  an  ambulance,  which  of  course  woud  be  very  impractical)  just  as  you  said. 

I  think  Ed  we  had  better  close  up  the  deal  with  Sawyer,  at  the  price  you 

quoted,  so  that  we  can  feel  assured  of  this,  by  the  way  did  he  have  anything  to  say 
about  our  conduct  of  last  year?  Let  me  know  what  he  had  to  say,  as  these  things  al¬ 
ways  interests  me  very  much. 

Now  in  regards  to  the  provisions,  I  swear  Ed  old  man  I  dont  see  where  I  am 
going  to  get  the  time  to  make  out  the  list,  for  I  cant  find  time  even  to  eat  nowdays 
what  somebody  else  orders,  so  if  it  will  not  be  too  much  trouble,  you  will  greatly 
relieve  me  by  making  out  the  list  yourself. 

Two  of  our  fellow  campers  are  going  to  diet,  so  I  understand, and  it  will  not 

be  necessary  to  order  as  much  stuff,  your  idea  of  getting  fresh  eggs  is  a  good  one 

also  the  other  things  as  well. 

Kay  and  I  have  been  practicing  some  music  on  the  Guitar  and  Mandolin  and  hope 
to  give  you  all  some  fine  selections  at  camp. 

Remember  me  to  all  the  folks 



p.  s.  • 

I  hope  you  will  pardon  me  for  writing  to  you  on  the  typewriter,  but  I  have 
a  machine  in  my  room  now  and  am  very  anxious  to  become  an  expert. 

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Dear  Old  Ed:- 

Well,  indeed  you  have  a  great  pard  to  neglect  you  this  way,  hut  honestly 
I  have  been  going  to  write  you  for  the  last  two  weeks  hut  some  how  I  have  been  unusu¬ 
ally  busy  and  simply  couldn’t  do  it. 

How  is  the  boy  anyway?  it  really  seems  ages  since  I  last  heard  from  you, 
but  never  mind  we  shall  soon  be  to-gether  and  we  can  talk  it  all  over. 

X  have  often  wondered  how  you  are  getting  along  with  the  camping  trip, 
and  often  felt  as  though  X  am  putting  you  to  an  awful  bother  in  making  the  arrange¬ 
ments  and  everything,  but  X  couldn’t  find  the  time  to  do  anything  myself  and  as  some 
one  had  to  do  it  no  better  one  then  you  could  be  found. • 

Have  you  made  out  the  list  of  provisions  yet?  You  had  better  count  on  nine 
Ed  even  though  there  may  be  more  or  less,  and  we' shall  have  to  make  some  arrangements 
so  we  can  get  fresh  meat  and  milk  every  day  for  May, 

I  wonder  if  that  boat  is  going  to  run  on  seventh  this  summer,  I  hope  so 
for  it  will  be  much  easier  to  get  the  stuff  up  there, 

I  am  very  much  afraid  I  wont  be  able  to  get  up  to  camp  until  the  sixth 
or  seventh  of  July,  on  account  of  some  business  matters  which  are  very  important,  but 
this  does  not  interfer  with  you  all  going  up  on  the  20th  as  planned. 

'  1  want  eve^yone  that  can  meet  in  Utica  on  Monday  the  20th,  in  the  morning 

and  I  am  going  to  try  and  see  that  they  get  there. 

Mrs  Brinkerhoff  and  Miss  Smith  will  come  from  Fremont  to-gether.  May  and 
Louise  Brush  from  Clifton  Springs,  Miss  Morehouse  from  Northampton. 

I  want  you  to  write  to  Mr  Sanders  Ed  and' ask  him  to  join  the  camping  mob, 
for  we  want  anough  fellows  this  year  if  we  if  I  havj!  to  bring  up  New  York  City. 

Are  you  going  to  be  up  to  meet  them  at  o(.d  Forge,  if  you  are  let  me  know. 


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Your  letter  was  received  this  morning  and  as  usual  whs  very  glad  to  hear 
from  you.  .  < 

X  think  I  will  be  able  to  go  up  to  camp  on  the  21st,  but  as  yet  cannot 
say  definitely,  though  I  shall  try  to  get  off  by  that  time  if  such  a  thing  is  possible 
and  it  looks  a  little  better  just  now. 

When  I  get  you  up  at  camp  I  am  going  to  give  you  a  dreadful  soolding  for 
asking  me  if  you  can  invite  your  friend  Mr  Bunnell,  the  idea  of  such  a  thing,  why  of 
course  invite  him  by  all  means,  and  X  hope  he  will  go  with  us. 

I  dont  see  just  how  I  can  go  to  Clifton  Springs  Ed,  but  still  something 
may  turn  up  so  I  can,  it  will  be  a  very  nice  trip  for  us  and  I  know  we  would  enjoy 
ourselves  very  much  indeed,  however  I  will  let  you  know  later  about  it. 

I vwrote  you  a  letter  yesterday  and  by  this  time  you  should  have  received 
it  and  hope  you  will  answer  it  soon. 

Kemember  me  to  all  the  folks,  and  believe  me 

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1898.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  -  Advice 

This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  suggesting  improvements 
in  Edison’s  inventions,  asking  him  for  advice  on  technical  matters,  or 
requesting  his  assistance  in  improving  or  promoting  an  invention.  Also 
included  are  unsolicited  letters  from  other  inventors  about  their  work. 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  Most  of 
the  letters  selected  for  filming  received  a  significant  response  from  Edison. 

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//  Shoe  and  Leather  Reporter 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

West  Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

We  have  been  told  that  there  is  a  party  somewhere  in  this  country 
who  is  making  patent  leather  proof  against  cracking  and  bursting,  by  means 
of  an  electric  drying  room  invented  by  yourself.  As  the  acknowledged 
-official  organ  of  the  tanning  trade  of  this  country  we  are  anxious  to  ascer¬ 
tain  whether  or  not  this  advice  is  authentic.  We,  therefore,  respectfully 
ask  your  assistance  in  the  matter  and  if  such  a  party  exists,  will  you 
kindly  furnish  us  his  address. 

New  york, - - March._l.6th, . „iS9  8 

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(Dictated  F.E.C.) 

Most  respectfully  yours, 

SHOE  AHD~^^|^R^REP  0^!R , 


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I  have  noticed  a  numberA newspaper  articles  touching  your 

experiments  upon  the  .'syiibtiiesstof  wireless  telegraphy.  In  one  of  these 
articles  you  are  quoted,  as  saying  that  you  thought  that  it  would  be  a 
very  pracifccable  method  of  communication  between  the  different 
islands  of  an  archipelago  lying  closely  together.  I  have  been  greatly 
interested  in  this  subject  for  the  reason  that  this  county  comprises  a 
large  number  of  small  i slands  , known  as  the  fan  Juan  Archipelago, 
which  is  entirely  cut  off  from  telegraphic  communication.  The  business 
of  the  county  would  probably  not  justify  the  laying  of  the  necessary 
cables  to  connect  with  the  large  telegraphic  systems  on  the  main¬ 
land.  The  width  of  the  channels  between  the  islands  and  the  main-land 
will  run  from  one  to  eight  miles,  Ho  you  think  your  system  of  wireless 
telegraphy  would  be  applicable  to  this  situation  and  thus  obviate  the 

necessity  of  cables?  Could  the  telephone  be  made  applicable  to  your 
system  instead  of  the  telegraph?  The  telephone  would  be  far  more  de¬ 
sirable  and  I  think  much  more  profitable.  Will  be  greatly  pleased  to 
hear  from  you  at  your  convenience,  with  any  suggestion  whi chAmay  be 
your  pleasure  to  make  .touchi ng  any  question  in  connection  with  this 
proposition.  Will  you  kindly  state  what  appliance  would  be  necessary 
and  about  what  the  expense  of  same  would  be.  Hoping  to  be  favored  with 

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&V-OV  /?Hsls\. 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq. 
Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N.J. 
Dear  Mr. Edison, 

<./$add',  Nov. 25th.  1898 _ 

I  have  been  thinking  lor  some  time  ol  writing  you  about  an 
Electric  Lantern.  We  do  quite  a  business  with  the  Fire  Departments  all 
over  the  Country  in  supplying  them- with  Axes  and-our  Patent  Handle;  They 
tell  me  that. -there  is  not  a  Lantern- made  that  will  remain  lighted,  in  foul  -i 
air,  that  they  will  go  .out  where  a  man  will  live.  You  light  a  Lantern  and 
put  the  same  lighted  match  right  in  over  the  globe  and  you  will  put  it  out.  -; 
I  dont  know  anything  about  Electricity,-  but  after  looking  the  matter  over*  > 
the  question- that  came -into-  my  mind  . was-,-  whether,  or  not  a -Lantern  could- be- 
•made  with  a  Battery  that  would  keep  the  light -burning  constantly  tor  twelve  -' 
hours,  and  not  be- too  heavy  and  . bulky.  These  Lanterns-, are  Lighted.. before » 
dark  and  kept  burning  all  night  on  the  Apparatus.  In  case  of  a  fire  these  - 
Lanterns  are  used  inside -of  the  -buildings,  a  man  may  be1  -in-  the--  back  end  of-  - 
a  building  where  there  is  foul  air,  and  before  he  is  aware  of  it  his  light  - 
has  gone  out.  You  can  appreciate  the  feelings  of  a  man  under  those-  oi.roum*-'..* 
stances,  groping  about  in  the  dark.  If  an  Electric  Lantern  could  be  gotten  : 
up  to  fill  the  bill,,  and  not  .too  expensive,  I.  think  that  there •  would  .be  a  i 
good  dear  of  money  in— it ,  for  there  is",’certai-nly  is  a  big  demand:  for -it  in  -i 
all  the  Fire  Departments  throughout  the  country,  I. -have  thought  again,  that  • 
perhaps  a  belt  could  be  made  with  a  Battery  so  that  a  man  could  buckle,  it.  . 
around  his -waist,  and  have;a  good -size  bulb  so  that  it  would  throw  a  good  { 
1  ight -all ;  around' him-j  rand,  if  -he: ’.had  -oacasiairc-to -  Use  both- hands  he  could  | 
have  some  way  to  fasten  the-  bulb  to  his  coat  or  hat.  I  suppose  this  belt.  | 

would  want  to  be  water  proof,  and  arranged -so  as  to  be  able  to  remove  the-  < 
cells  when  they  required  renewing,  and' put  in  new -c61 Is- without  taking  it  j 
off.  There,  is  I  understand. an  Electric  Torch  on  the  market,-  hut  the. Fire.  j 

Department' people  tellune  t‘hat  it  is  not  practical,  They  want  a  light  th%  -  : 

_  _ _ 

iviil  shine  all  around  them.  As-  I  said  belorei  II  you  could" get  up  something  1 
oi  this  kind,,  and-  not -have  it  too  expensive,- I  think  that  there- would- be 
money  in  it.  Vou  could  hold  an  interest- in  it ,.  and.-we...would.  introduce  it.- 
in  connection  with- our-^ther-bus-inessv-These-i-deas- came-'-to'- me  after  look-  •  i 
ing  the  situation  ove-r,-  and -.1-  thought  that-it-would- do -no- harm  to  mention  1 
them  to  you.  Hoping  that  I  have  not  taken  too  much  oi  your  valuable  time, 

I  remain. 

Very  truly  yours. 


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Electrical  Engineer. 

Martin  and  Joseph  Wetzler. 

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•  Vol-  XXVI,  NEW  YORK,  NOVEMBER  24,  1898.  No.  55 

Mr.  Tesla  to  His  Friends. 

New  York,  Nov.  18,  1898. 

_  „  4l>  and  48  East  Houston  St. 

Editor  of  Tins  Electrical  Engineer,  iso  Liberty  .St.,  New  Yor: 

contribution  to  the  Electro-Therapeutic  Society  yoif  have  final! 
succeeded— lifter  many  vain  attempts  made  during  a  number  0 

whatever  mortals  could  do  to  bring  Mr.  Tesla  forward  am 
cure  for  him  tile  recognition  that  was  duly  his.  Not  only  ii 
columns  of  tills  and  other  journals,  but  in  magazines  and  b 
we  have  striven  with  ail  the  ability  we  possessed  to  explain 
Tesla's  ideas.  The  record  is  before  all  men.  If  there  is  a 
or  a  word  in  it  that  seeks  to  do  Mr.  Tesla  "serious  injury,' 
demand  its  production  by  him.  The  man,  whoever  lie  be, 

•  says  we  have  ever  in  word  or  deed  or  thought  tried  to  do 
’  Tesla  any  sort  of  injury,  lies. 

Within  tile  last  year  or  two  Mr.  Tesla  lias,  it  seems  to  us,  1 
1  far  beyond  tile  possible  in  the  ideas  lie  lias  put  forth,  and  lie 

1  to-day  behind  him  a  long  trail  of  licautiful  but  unfinished  in 

!  lions.  By  mild  criticism  and  milder  banter,  not  being  ab! 
lend  Mr.  Tesla  tile  cordial  support  of  earlier  years  of 
achievement,  we  have  only  very  lately  endeavored  to  express 
doubts  mid  to  urge  him  to  the  completion  of  some  one  of 
many  desirable  or  novel  tilings  promised.  We  believe  this  tc 
true  friendship. 

For  example,  take  Mr.  Tesla’s  latest  and  furthest  enlargen 
of  Ids  newest  idea,  as  presented  by  him  in  a  signed  lette; 
tlic  New  York  "Sun,''  of  Nov.  21,  unfolding  ids'  plan  to  1 
Pause  with  artillery  of  the  present  type.  At  this  moment 

SEND  A  PROJECTILE,  at  much  greater  distance,  IT  W1 
amount  of  explosive  charge,  we  shall  be  able  to  submerge  i 
IT  BACK,  and  to  send  it  out  again  hnd  explode  it  at  will,  1 
more  than  this,  IT  WILL  NEVER  MAKE  A  MISS." 
When  we  are  expected,  wide  awake  and  in  our  sober  sen 

but  in  my  qualities  both  as  Chris- 
lways  forgiven  you  and  only  pitied 
nc,  though,  your  offence  is  graver 
in  have  dared  to  cast  a  shadow  oil 

-e  willing  to  face  the"  consequences. 

.  Tesla’s  real,  tangible  work  is  on  rec 
aw  the  line  at  such  things  as  these. 

tnous  men  whom  you  quote,  tangible  proofs  in  support  of  your 
statement  reflecting  on  my  honesty.  Being  a  bearer  of  great 
honors  from  a  number  of  American  universities,  it  is  my  duty, 
in  view  of  the  slur  thus  cast  upon  them,  to  exact  from  you  that 
in  your  next  issue  you  produce  these,  together  with  this  letter, 
winch  in  justice  to  myself,  I  am  forwarding  to  other  electrical 
journals.  In  the  absence  of  sucli  proofs,  which  would  put  me  in 
the  position  to  seek  redress  elsewhere,  I  require  that,  together 
with  the  preceding,  you  publish  instead  a  . complete  and  humble 
apology  for  your  insulting  remark  which  reflects  on  me  as  well 
as  on  those  who  honor  me. 

On  this  condition  I  will  again  forgive  yon;  but  I  would  ad- 
vise  you  to  limit  yourself,  in' your  future  attacks  to  statements 
for  which  you  are  not  liable  to  be  punished  by  law. 


paper,  the  two  letters  herewith  speak  for  themselves. 

The  American  Electro-Therapeutic  Association. 

Dr.  Charles  R.  Dickson,  Ex-President. 

296  Sherbournc  St. 

«  ‘  ,  Toronto,  Canada,  Sept.  26,  1898. 

T.  Commcrford  Martin,  Esq,,  120  Liberty  St.,  New' York.  • 
Dear  Sir—I  was  quite  surprised  to  hear  on  Saturday  last  fre 
n"fTI?Cw1’  ?•'  ?rbl:“  Ncw,man'  of  New  York<  thht  the  edite 
of  The  Electrical  Engineer  had  received  no  notices  of  the  mc< 

desired  dimensions.  I  fully  appreciate  all  that  yc 


the  electrical  engineer. 

•Cly  for  the  loan  of  the  electro, 
rood  condition, 
continued  and  increasing  s 

charles'r.  'Sr 

'an,  Chairman. 

5th  St. 

ew  York  City,  Oct.  at 

/  the  necessary  vote  for  you 
electrical  Engineer,  you  Icnd- 
ittr  transactions, 
y  5  incites— if  our  secretary  is 

incites— it  our  secretar 
’•  and  illustrations  at  once, 
a  deserving  association  and 
may  add  as  a  matter  of  fact, 
presented,  that  1 

Tclr  °  •l,‘S  f“UCS!i0n  “s  t0  thc  Probable  practicability  of 

;  “Herald, "acopyVf  wldclf  he  showed  meCady  Pr'SCnted  in 

w  *  Siai^>  *,ut  tri‘s*c<i  his  memory. 

plan  practicable,  was  discussed. pr°1,OSCtl'  qZ£  BRACKETT 

The  Electrical  Engineer,'  ^wYoS"""'''180'  « 

Letter  received  this  morning.  The  “Herald”  renort  was 
slant, ally  accurate.  I  will  write  more  to  ?ou  presently 


“Greatest  Discovery  of  the  Age." 

Mr.  II,  W.  Phillips,  in  thc  “Criterion"  of  Nov.  to  lias  an  ill., 
,  win  lie  presented,  that  be-  ““  cJ.  llltcryiew  with  Mr.  Tesla,  whom  lie  quotes  as  follows 
r.  Newman  to  technical  pub-  tS3o£«h“l^hfaL?h.»e^*”.li  aS  a  rc,ay  f?r  stccri"f?  dirigib 

ifficicnt  demand  for  it  among  !h‘^t°i^ 

ltd  appeared  in  our  columns  would  put  the  laurels  of  cveflasting  fame  on  my  head!"  ’ 

insinuation .  that  we  took  — " - 

nd  of  our  contemporaries?  The  Evolution  of  the  Surface  Contact  Railway. 

1898.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Visitors  (D-98-12) 

This  folder  contains  letters  of  introduction  and  requests  to  visit  Edison 
or  to  tour  his  West  Orange  laboratory.  Included  are  documents  regarding 
arrangements  for  visits  by  Josef  Hofmann,  the  renowned  concert  pianist;  and 
by  former  Governor  J.  Turner  Morehead,  accompanied  by  former  laboratoiy 
employee  Robert  T.  Lozier.  Substantive  letters  from  individuals  who  visited 
the  laboratoiy  or  company  shops  on  business  can  be  found  in  their 
appropriate  subject  folders. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
documents  not  filmed  are  routine  requests  that  received  no  significant 
response  from  Edison.  Among  these  are  3  letters  by  Charles  A.  Munn  of  the 
Scientific  American  concerning  a  proposed  visit  by  Prince  Albert  of  Belgium. 

620  Atlantic  Ave. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.  J. 
My  dear  Mr,  Edison:- 




v  NEW  YORK.  U.  S.  A.  April^  2nd , 

'  \ 

Pojt-officc  Box 
IS3>  New  York 

Long- distance 

Cable  Address 
"Billow"  N.  Y. 


Would  it  be  possible  to  arrange  to  have  you  meet  Gov.  J.  Turner- 
Morehead,  President  of  the  Willson  Aluminum  Co.  at  whose  works  acetylene  gas 
was  discovered  and  developed,  and  who  was  personally  responsible-  as  much  as 
anyone  else,  for  its  discovery? 

May  the  Governor  and  I  run  out  to  see  you  at  Edison  or  Llewellyn 
Park  some  afternoon?  The  Governor  knows  some  very  interesting  things  about 
calcium-carbide,  being  "away  up"  in  synthetical  chemistry,  and  I  have  express¬ 
ed  a  desire  to  have  him  meet  you,  which  he  should  like  to  do  if  it  can  be 
arranged.  Can  this  be  done?  and  at  what  time  and  place? 

Believe  me, 

Yours  very  truly,  /  ^  , 

f<A^'  ^ t<  <•£ 




New  York 
St.  Pent  Bonding 
Bonne  Building 

620  Atlantic  Avc, 

RTIi/aW  NEW  YORK.  U.  S.  A.  April  12th,  1898. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

I  have  your  very  kind  favor  of/ the  7th,  inst.  which  I  find  on 
my  return  from  out  of  town.  On  c omnuni cap ing  with  Gov.  Morehead  he  tells 
nfe  that  he  will  be  unable  to  go  to  Orange' at  present,  but  trusts  to  be  able 
efc (  do  dt  a  later  time.  When  the  Governor  lets  me  know,  I  will  ascertain 
if  -1  £  ifllV  be'  convenient  for  you  to  see  us  at  Orange. 

Governor  Morehead  wishes  me  to  extend  to  you  his  thanks  for  your 
emppfivy  the  matter. 

Your's  very  truly, 

1898.  Edison  Manufacturing  Company  (D-98-13) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  of  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  Included  are  documents  regarding 
the  company’s  taxes  for  1898  and  items  concerning  a  new  fan-motor  outfit  for 
telephone  booths. 

The  6  documents  not  filmed  are  routine  domestic  and  foreign  requests 
for  catalogs  and  price  lists  and  a  routine  supply  requisition. 

Related  material  can  be  found  in  D-98-22  (Motion  Pictures). 




get  it  out  sooner. 

I  also  direct  your  attention  to  the  descriptive  article 
on  page  274  of  the  "Electrical  World",  September  10th  issue, 


referring  to  the  Portable  X-Ray  outfit  on  the  Hospital  Ship  "Solacd* 
which  was  installed  by  us.  This  article  also  appears  in  the 
special  Medical  and  Surgical  number  of  the  "Army  and  Navy  |tag  Azina" 
September,  1898. 

.  Yours  very  truly, 


SEEdison  Telephone  Booth 

«*  ut  FAN  MOTOR  OUTFIT  * 

Noiseless ! 



Vibration  1 

Indorsed  by 

Long  Distance 
Telephone  Co. 

Why  not 
Keep  Cool? 

Why  Endure 
the  Discomfort 
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1898.  Electric  Light  -  General  (D-98-14) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
electric  lighting  and  power.  Included  are  documents  regarding  the  use  of  silk 
filaments  for  incandescent  lamps  and  items  about  low-voltage  lamp 
experiments.  There  is  also  correspondence  concerning  the  annual  convention 
of  the  National  Electric  Light  Association. 

All  the  documents  have  been  filmed. 


TB£' fin 

Rales  for , 

Electrical  En 
Leaflets,  by 

lectrical  Engineer. 


Thos.  A,  Edis  c 

New  York,  120  Liberty  .St.,.  s,.ob.....7_,...is98 _ 

•  3s(i->  |a ^ — 


Edison  Laboratory, 
Orange,  N,  J, 

tfc  1 

informed  that  you  have  written  to  Prof. 

Dear  Hr.  Edison! 

We  are  informed  that  you  have  written  to  Prof. 
Marks  in  Philadelphia  that  his  meter  you  consider  as 
now  perfected,  and  the  Professor,  with  your  permission, 
would  like  to  use  that  letter  in  the  \my  of  some  strik¬ 
ing  advertising.  Ho  is,  however,  naturally  reluctant 
to  do  this  without  your  ccnsent,  and  will  be  glad  to 
hear  from  you  that  you  will  allow  him  to  do  this  in 
our  paper,  Marks  and  X  are  old  friends  and  we  would 
like  to  help  him  all  we  can,  just  as  you  would  yourself, 
and  at  the  same  it  will  be  of  benefit  to  us,  as  he  will, 
be  sure  to  hear  from  such  advertising  in  our  pages. 

He  is  very  proud  of  the  document  you  sent  him. 

With  regards, 

Faithfully  yours, 

.  o^jpS  /- 


Standard,  Series  and  Miniature  Incandescent  Lamps, 


New  Brunswick!  N.  J., . &/~8/LX%9&«. J89 


0RAW3U,  N.-  J,; 


Wo  conmenc ed  the  iranufae  ture  of  lamps  here,  about 
two  ydars  ago,  and'  in  their  manufacture,  we  used  some  silk  thread. 

The  Wes tinghouse  have,  brought;  suit  against  us  for  using 
sillc  treated  with  sugar  ar)d  sulphuric  acid*  They  haws  entered 
this  suit  on  what  is  known  as  the  Stanley  Patents  taken  out  in 

July  28th  1835. 

We  have  understand  that  you  went  over  this  field  thorough¬ 
ly,  and  used  silk  both  treated  and  untreated  long  before -this  date. 

If  you  cart,  give  me  any  information  on  this  subject  regard¬ 
ing  the  earliest  date  at  which  silk  yyas  used  for  Incandesced! 
lamps,  1  shall  be  greatly  obliged  to  you. 

Yours  truly* 

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May  1G,  1898. 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  / 

Orange,  N.  J.  / 

near  sir:-  / 

3y  dirootion  of  President  Insu^l*,  I  am  pleased  to  extend  to 
you  an  invitation  to  attend  our  ttventy-p'irst  convention,  to  be  held  in 
Chioago  June  7,8,9  next;  headquarte/s  and  convention  hall  at  the  Au¬ 
ditorium  Hotel,  / 

I  beg  to  inform  you  that  the  Annual  Convention  of  the 
National  Electric  Light  Association,  of  which  you  are  an  Honorary 
Member,  will  be  held  in  this  Cit,y  at  the  Auditorium  Hotel,  on 
June  7th,  8th  and  9th,  next. 

The  Association  will  esteem  it  a  great  favor  if  you  can  manage 
to  be  present  on  this  occassion.  If  it  is  not  convenient  for  you 
to  be  present  during  the  whole  of  the  meeting,  we  trust  that  it 
will  be  possible  for  you  to  join  us  on  the  opening  day  of  the 

Yours  truly 


'  Morrison  Electric  Light  and  Power  Co. 


H.  S»  GREEN,  Manager. 

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1898.  Electric  Light  -  Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Company  of 
New  York  (D-98-15) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  of  the  Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Co.  of  New  York.  Included  is  a 
report  by  Richard  R.  Bowker,  first  vice-president,  discussing  company 
operations.  There  is  also  a  comparative  statement  outlining  the  price,  capacity, 
and  number  of  the  various  meters  within  the  company’s  system. 

All  the  documents  have  been  filmed  except  for  2  routine  meeting 




lA^l  3  zU% 

The  Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Co.  of  New  York. 

General  Offices ,  jj,  55,  57  Duane  St. 

RETURNS,  1897  ■ 

Thn  year  1697  chows  roturna,  above  6/«  dividend,  of  practically 
§313,500.  Tho  depreciation  charge  was  continued  monthly  nt  thn  same 
rate  ns  last  yoar,  §10,000  per  month,  .with  tho  addition  of  $2,000  por 
month  for  tho  Manhattan  Co.,  tho  intention  being  to  add  at  tho  end 
of  tho  yoar  to  cover  any  balance  of  depreciation  charges  at  1C$  on 
stoam  muchinory,  motors,  etc.,  on  dynamos,  boilers,  oto.,  3^  on 
underground  and  5$  on  buildings.  Those  rates,  figured  on  tho-  inventory 
of  Jan.  1,  1897 ,  require,  approximately ,  $166,000  or  $38,000  in  ad¬ 
dition  to  monthly  charges.  Tho  Labor  Bonofit  Fund,  figurart  as  last 
year,  roquiros  $23,607,  of  which  §10,898  has  been  advanced  to  Edison 
and  $1,876  to  Manhattan  employes.  Had  debts  (Edison)  aro  but  $18,600, 
below  g/sjS,  a  most  creditable  showing,  besides  $4,800' (high  tonsion) 
already  deducted  from  Manhattan  not.  In  view  of  tho  largo  ohangoo 
from  chemical  to  mechanical  motors,  I  suggest  that  toward  tho  $200,000 
on  chomionl  motor  account,  J5oc.  31,  1897,  $50,000  be  written  off  from 
Profit  ft  Loss,  as  was  dono  by  the  Berlin  Oo.  when  it  began  its, meter 
change..  The  two-wiro  system  represents,  approximately,  §250*000. on 
tho  Installation  Co.'s  books,  and  it  is  to  bo  considered  whether  a 
depreciation  charge '.of ,  say  §135,000  to  §150,000,  should  not  be  mads 
toward  writing  this  off  through  tho  Installation  Co.  Thoro  are  other 
considerable  amount's,  as  for  oarly  engineering  expenses  and  general 
construction,  hot  reprosenting  plant,  to  which  depreciation  charges  may 
be  written  off,  thus  taking  the  remaining  net  ovor  for  oonsr, ruction 
purposes.  The  bu'dgn t  appropriations  for  1897,  including  transfors 
from  1896,  aggregate  $783,094,  against  which  total  expenditures  and 
contract  obligations  aggregate  $683,317.21,  leaving  $39,776.79-un- 
oxpdnctod  balance,  of  which  $33,260'  is  to  bo  transferred  from  1897  to 
bo  dono  in  1898---  a  close  showing. 


Tho  Co.'s  external  liabilities  outstanding  Jan.  1,  1898,  aro, 
Bills  Payable  $150,000,  Contract  Obligations,  Bills  in  dispute,  etc., 
$140,000,  Ralanco  on  First  Avo.  property  contract  due  Jan.-  26,  §30,000; 
a  total  of  $320,000,  The  Edison  budget  for  1898  includes  approxi¬ 
mately,  $500,000  for  station  equipment,  including  condonsing  system 
at  Duane  St'.',  one  new  unit  at  12th  St.,  2  now  units  and  condensing 
system  at  26th  St,, ! arid  storage  battery  at  39th  St. j  approximately 
#240,000  for  underground  extensions,  approximately  $246,000  for  now 
business,  lnoluding  subsidiaries,  services,  meters,  city  lighting* 
oto.,  and  approximately  $20,000 — a  total  of  $1,000,000.  The  high 
tension  budget  calls  for  approximately.,  $135,000.  Those  figures 
do  not  include  balance  oh  mortgage  of. §305, 000  on  First  'Avo .property. 
The  grand  total  is  §1,458,000  without,  or  §1,755,000  with  payment  of 
First  Avo,  mortgages,  from  which  is  to  be  deducted,  say §260,000, 
operating  earnings  over  dividends,  loaving  approximately,  $1,200,000, 
or  §1,500,000  capital  requirements,  1898. ■  Of  now  capital,  $800,000' 
before  May  1,  $500,000  in  late  summer  and  $500,000  before  Nov.  1, 
would  more  than  provide  for  tho  requirements  'of 'the'  year,  except  for 
temporary  provision  within  this  month. 



Bills  in  hand  9,190,90 

floods  or  do  cocl  not,  bi  llod  33,  ($78,59 

Bills  in  dispute  100,549.03 

".’oW:  authorized  not  completed  7,000.00 

Balance  on  Property  Contract  Jnn.  2(5 
Bill  a  payable 

Advances  i* -on  flen’l  ft  Ojtst^^nj;  A/c 

140, 4.13, 44 






Bank  Balances  Shoe  ft  Leal, her 

Am  r  loan  Exchange 

Customers’  A/ns  and  B/H 

Accrued  Interest  on  Bonds 

Advances  to  Construction  Account 






$373,071,  25 


;  3ills  in  hand 
floods. ordered  not  billed 
Bills  in  dispute 
Accrued  lot erest  on  Bonds 




71,858.  1 



Div  idend  No .  51  Feb,  1 

March  8,.  1898; 

|*1  S' 

Statement  showing  Capuci ty, Price 
Watt  Loss  of  Thompson  Watt  Meter 
Chemical  Meters. 


Mechanical  Meter; 

Capacity  yiet-  No.  on 
on  ea.side  Price  System 
7  1/2  amp.  "(N. S.$15 .40 ’ 

(O.S.  14.00 
15  "  20.00 

Watt  loss  Watt  loss 
armatuie  Field  magnets 
Circuit  Full  load 

3-wire  meters- 

16  100  " 

32  200  " 

,48  300  " 

,64  400  " 

*80  500  " 

196  600  " 

1’12  700  " 


Total  No •  of  Meter 

1898.  Electric  Light  -  General  Electric  Company  (D-98-16) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison’s  involvement  with  the  General  Electric  Co.  Included  are  a  letter 
regarding  a  request  from  the  Smithsonian  Institution  for  a  collection  of 
incandescent  lamps;  an  item  concerning  the  presentation  to  Edison  of  a  "Z" 
dynamo  originally  used  on  the  S.S.  Columbia-,  and  a  report  pertaining  to  a 
proposed  reduction  of  the  company’s  capital  stock.  There  are  also  three  letters 
from  the  company’s  Patent  Department,  addressed  to  attorney  Richard  N. 
Dyer,  in  regard  to  Edison’s  alternating-current  application,  case  no.  220,800. 

The  5  documents  not  filmed  are  meeting  announcements  and  routine 
letters  concerning  patents  and  financial  matters. 



of  characteristic  lamps,  showing  the  decisive  changes  in  manufacture 
from  the  beginning,  to  the  present  time.  This  collection  would 
consist  of  about  17  lappa,  and  we  have  all  of  then  here  except  the 

#1  Your  paper  horseshoe  lamp 

hull,  #2'TAhm^b?0T0/5^?n  loop-platlm,m  screw  clamps.  Hand  blown 

.r,l/8  and  2"  diameter', tapering  to  tip,  rouns  ■ 

stem, slightly  concave  at  top.  Hade  1880 

Pactofv  1nStR80Sty^Q°ar?0tl1ancl.cla,nps  as  ‘  Bulb  made  at  Glass 

Side  Vass  al? ’wood  “  “  '  pr888nt  prpd'Uot  but  knots  °«*- 

of  ntmf  carbons  as  and  #3.  Clamps  copper  plated  to  top 

ed  .al'cap"  1882  S  S&me  &S  #3‘  Plast6r  base-large  and  heavy;  round 
#5^  Bamboo  carbon  loop.  Hydro-Carbon  deposited  clamps.  any  objections  to  allowing  Mr.  Deshler  to  look  over 
your  stock  and  see  if  he  can  find  the  lamps  we  .want  amongst  them? 
Thanking  you  in  advance, 

amps  we  .want  amongst  them? 



SCHENECTADY,  N.  Y.  Peb.. 

2,  1898. 

R.  N.  Dyer,  Esq., 

31  Nassau  St . , 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir, 

Mr.  Pish  has  forwarded  us  your  letter  of  Dec.  24,  1897, 
with  instructions  to  confer  with  you  direct,  with  regard  to 
Edison  case  Serial  No.  220,800. 

It  seems  to  us  that  this  is  a  pretty  early  date  for  an 
Alternating  Current  application  showing  a  two-wire  system  feeding 
one  side  of  a  transformer,  and  a  three-wire  system  fed  from  the 
other  side.  We  realize  that  the  broad  idea  of  tension  reduction 
interposed  between  the  two-wire  and  three-wire  system  is  to  some 
extent  disclosed,  at  least  so  far  as  continuous-current  devices 
are  concerned,  by  the  former  patent  287,516,  to  which  reference 
was  made  by  the  Office.  We  also  realize  that  the  case  is  handi¬ 
capped  to  some  extent  by  the  issue  of  patent  No.  524,378,  of 
Aug.  14,  1894,  with  a  single  limited  claim;  how  far  this  patent, 
which  is  based  on  praotically  the  same  disclosure,  would,  under 
the  decision  in  Miller  versus  the  Eagle  Manufacturing  Company, 
affect  this  application,  is  of  course  to  be  carefully  considered. 
It  does  seem  to  us  that  we  should,  either  in  the  patent  (the  re- 

R.  N.  D.,  2, 

issue  of  which  we  suppose  is  simply  out  of  the  question,— at  least 
we  know  nothing  here  that  would  justify  the  three  and  one-half 
years*  delay) ,  or  in  this  application,  get  claims  covering  sub¬ 
stantially  the  feature  of  the  single  transformer  having  its  pri¬ 
maries  in  a  two-wire  circuit  and  its  secondaries  feeding  a  three- 
wire  circuit,  and  the  combination  of  two  transformers  with  "their 
primaries  in  the  main  circuit  and  their  secondaries  connected  in 
series  and  feeding  a  three-wire  system.  The  first  of  these  fea¬ 
tures  is  fairly  disclosed  in  the  patent,  certainly  not  claimed  in 
it.  It  could  hardly  be  claimed  in  this  application,  as  the  dis¬ 
closure  does  not  seem  to  justify  it.  The  second  feature  could  be 
claimed  in  the  present  case. 

fe  suggest  for  your  consideration  such  claims  as  the  follow* 

nn,,^IIn/n  ^mating-current  system  of  distribution  a 

rtS«EsD“;r or  ,r»  ‘““a*- . 

"In  an  alternating  current  system  of  die trfbuUon  °ffeCad  renV 

having  its  outside  conductors  connected  to  the  anrin  ' 

CTrn8atinG  conene^e0d°to  ah 

lniermeaiiit e  point  m  the  secondary  coils,  .  •  ■ 

In  regard  to  the  claims  allowed,  a  copy  of  which  was  forwarded 


R.  N.  D.,  3. 

with  your  letter  of  the  24th  ult.  to  Mr.  Fish, we  think  there 
must  be  sane  misunderstanding  in  regard  to  the  facts  in'  the  corres¬ 
pondence  with  Mr.  Blodgett.  Taking  the  present  case  out  of  the 
Patent  Office  was  recommended  by  him  on  the  supposition  that 
Olaims  1  and  2  were  to  be  in  the  case  in  the  form  in  which  they 
were  prior  to  the  last  amendment,  that  is,  without  the  words  “in 
series" .  We  cannot  understand  why  it  should  be  your  opinionthat 
"this  limitation  does  not  change  the  claims  materially".  There 
is  not,  so  far  as  we  know,  a  series  transformer  in  use  in  the 
United  States  to-day  for  power  purposes  or  for  lighting;  the  only 
position  in  an  electric  system  in  which  that  sort  of  transformer 
is  used,  is  in  indicating  instruments  of  various  kinds,  where 
such  small  energy  as  eight  or  ten  watts  is  employed.  In  that 
case  a  fine  wire  winding  surrounds  a  single  piece  of  heavy  wire 
and  the  transfer  of  energy  is  for  all  practical  purposes  infini¬ 
tesimal;  power  transformers  with  their  primaries  in  series  in 
the  line  are  impossible.  We  think  that  Mr.  Blodgett  would  never 
have  assented  to  the  change  indicated.  It  seems  to  us  that  claims  ’ 
on  the  line  of  those  allowed  might  also  be  drawn,  limited  (as  in 
fact,  ifis  our  opinion  that  •  the  whole  case  should  be),-  strictly 
to  alternating-current  work.  ■■■■•■ 

As;  to  the  method  of  accomplishing  the  results  indicated,  we 
would  leave  that  of  course  to  your  experience.  Something  of  a 
showing- could,  undoubtedly  be  made  if  you  thought  it  best  to  attenpt 
to  withdraw  the  case  from  issue,  on  account  of  the  death  of  Mr. 
Blodgett  after  his  letter  to  you,  before  the  final  amendment  of 


B  N.  D, ,  4. 

the  claims,  especially  in  view  of  the  evident  misunderstanding 
between  our  department  find  you;  but  whether  you  would  do  this  or 
file  a  new  application  to  take  the  place  of  this,  formally  aban¬ 
doning  this  on  the  record  in  favor  of  the  new  application,  or  al¬ 
lowing  this  to  forfeit  and  be  renewed  and  file  .  .  an  amendment  with 
the  renewal,  is  for  you  to  consider# 

We  realize  that  it  may  be  impossible  to  accomplish  all  or 
any part  of  the  results  aimed  at,  but  it  is  our  opinion  that 
these  results  are  worth  striving  for  by  any  legitimate  means, 
and  that  any  necessary  appeal  should  be  taken,  although  in  general 
we  feel  that  appeals  from  Mr.  Seely's  decisions  are  inadvisable, 
as  we  believe  him  to  beVair. 

fe  are  sending  a  copy  of  this  letter  to  Mr.  lish  so  that 
he  will  be  prepared' to  discuss  the  matter  with  you  if  you  think 
it  advisable. 

Yours  very  truly. 

SCHENECTADY,  N,Y,  February  24,  1898. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.  J. 

My  Dear  Edison: - 

We  have  recently  received  back  the  four  "Z"  dynamos 
that  you  equipped  the  Steamship  Columbia  with  in  1878  or  1879,  I 
forget  which.  These  four  dynamos  have  been  in  constant  service 
for  very  nearly  20  years  and  have' the  original  armature  winding, 
and  some  of  them  the  original  commutat  ors  .  Our  Mr.  S.  D.  Greene, 
General  Manager  of  the  lighting  Dept  .,  before  taking  up  Government 
service,  suggested  to  send  one  to  you  as  a  trophy,  and  I,  myself, 
thought  you  would  be  very  glad  to  have  it  as  a  souvenir  of  your 
earliest  success  in  the  manufacture  of  dynamos;  all  the  more,  as 
it  has  such  an  elegant  record  of  service  rendered.  The  one  that 
we  have  sent  you  is  #2,  for  which  I  enclose  memorandum  of  shipment; 
#1  1  have  selected  for  the  Trans -Mississippi  Exhibition  at  Omaha, 
and  #3  for  the  Smithsonian  Institute.  You  will  remember  that 
these  were  next  to  the  dynamo  that  you  sent  to  the  "Jeannette"; 
the  first  ones  we  have  built  . 

Trusting  that  the  receipt  of  the  machine  may  please  you,  I 



|  Bill  for  this  Shipment  will  be  mailed  to  you  from  our  General  Office  at  Schenectady. 

!  Memorandum  of  Shipment.  No 

ml  From  Schenectady,  N.  Y„  ’  j„no  4th,  inci 

•  I  s'  _  D  ■*  Eri6.  XhQs.-A,  a  Labratory, 

||  Requisition  No. 

Jftjij  Nusooeo  1/5  Comp.  5/g, 

'\  1 1  To  fill  your  Order  No. 

Packages.  I  Packages.  I 



Schenectady,  N.  Y.,  July  n,  1898. 

Notice  is  hereby  given  that  a  special  meeting  of  the  stockholders  of  the  General 
Electric  Company  will  be  held  on  Wednesday,  the  10th  day  of  August,  A.  D.  1898,  at 
12  o’clock'  noon,  at  the  office  of  the  Company  in  the  City  of  Schenectady,  County  of 
Schenectady,  N.  Y.,  for  the  purpose  of  voting  upon  a  proposition  to  reduce  the  capital 
stock  of  said  Company  from  the  present  amount  thereof,  consisting  of  304,600  shares 
of  common  stock  of  the  par  value  of  $100  each,  and  42,520  shares  of  preferred  stock  of 
the  par  value  of  $100  each,  to  $20,827,200,  to  consist  of  182,760  shares  of  common  stock  • 
of  the  par  value  of  $100  each  and  25,512  shares  of  preferred  stock  of  the  par  value  of 
$100  each. 



C.  A.  COFFIN, 


C.  H.  COSTER, 







R.  T.  PAINE,  2ND, 


The  Directors  of  General  Electric  Company, 

Schenectady,  N.  V.,  July  ii,  1898. 

To  the  Stockholders  of  the 

■  General  Electric  Company: 

At  the  last  annual  meeting  of  stockholders,  held  May.ioth,  1898,  the  stockholders  passed  the. 
following  vote: 

“  Resolved,  that  the  interests  of  the  stockholders  require  that  im'jr  proper  or  necessary  adjustment  of  the  hn- 
pairment  of  the  capital  of  the  Company  should  he  promptly  made,  with  a  view  to  the  early  resumption  of  dividends." 

At  that  meeting  your  Directors  stated  that  while  other  values  'werd  in  their  opjnioti  conser¬ 
vatively  fixed,'  a  revaluation  of  patents;  franchises  and  good  will  (which  have  been  kept  on  "iW 
books  at  substantially  $8,o66,ooo"Since  the  organization  of  the  Company)  should  be  considered  at 
the  proper  time.  -  ••• 

Your  Directors  are  advised  by  counsel  that  in  consequence  of  the  impairment  of  its  capital,  the 
Company  is  forbidden  by  the  laws  of  New  York' to  pay  any  dividend  whatever  until  the  amount  of 
such  impairment  shall Tia^e  been  regained,  or  until  the  nominal  or  share  capital  stock  shall  have  been 
reduced  to  the  amount  of  the  actual  capital.  .  •  ,;v  •  -• 

Under  existing  New  York  law,  the  nominal  or  share  capital  of  the.  Company  may  be  reduced 
at  any  time  by  a  vote  of  a  majority  in  interest  of  all  the  stockholders,  and  counsel  advise  that  if  any 
reduction  be  made  the  common  and  preferred  shares  must  be  reduced  alike. 

In  view  of  all  the  foregoing,  your  Directors  regard  it  their  duty  to  urge  the  stockholders  to  make 
at  once  such  reduction  of  the  nominal  or  share  capital  as  shall  permit  the  payment  of  dividends  upon 
both  classes  of  stock  with  the  least  practicable  delay. 

Appended  is  the  consolidated  balance  sheet  of  the  Company  of  January  31,  1898  (being  the 
close  of  the  last  fiscal  year),  as  it  appears  in  the  last  annual  report  of  the  Company.  Your  Directors, 
being  of  the  opinion  that  the  valuation  at  which  patents,  franchises  and  good  will  were  carried  in  this 
balance  sheet— namely,  $8,000,000— was  excessive,  and  that  the  fair  and  reasonable  value  of  this 
item  is  the  sum  of  $4,000,000,  have  by  resolution  directed  this  item  to  be  reduced  to  that  amount 
upon  the  books  of  the  Company  as  of  June  30,  1898.  Taking  into  account  the  estimated  earnings  of 
the  Company  to  August  10,  1898,  your  Directors  believe  that  a  reduction  of  the  share  capital  of  the 
Company  as  of  August  10,  1898,  to  sixty  per  cent,  of  its  present  amount  would  make  the  share  capital 
of  the  Company  substantially  equal  to  the  amount  of  the  net  assets  which  will  then  be  on  hand  over  and 

will  then  be  applicable  to  the  payment  of  accrued  dividends  on  the  preferred  stock  and  future  dividends 
on  both  classes  of  stock. 

Your  Directors  request  the  stockholders  of  the  Company  to  attend  a  special  meeting  to  be 
held  at  the  office  of  the  Company,  at  Schenectady,  N.  Y.,  on  the  tenth  day  of  August,  1898,  for  the 
purpose  of  voting  upon  a  proposition  to  reduce  the  Company's  share  capital  to  sixty  per  cent,  of  its 
present  amount  as  set  forth  in  the  accompanying  notice.  After  such  reduction  each  stockholder  will 
hold,  for  each  five  shares  of  stock  which  he  now  holds,'  three  shares  of  the  reduced  stock  of  the  same 
class.  Your  Directors  recommend  that  such  reduction  of  the  share  capital  of  the  Company  to  sixty 
per  cent,  of  its  present  amount  be  made. 

Stockholders  who  favor  the  proposed  reddction  op  the  capital  stock,  but  are 

Schenectady,  N.  Y. 

By  order,  of  the  Board  of  Directors, 

.  .........  .  ..  C.  A.  COFFIN, 



General  Electric  Company,  Consolidated  Balance  Sheet  of  January  31,  1898. 

Mr.  E.  N.  Dyer, 

31  Nassau  St.,  New  York. 

Dear  Sir:- 

After  carefully  going  over  the  matter,  we  have  come 
to  the  conclusion  that  the  Edison  case  S.  N.  220800  should  be 
allowed  to  become  abandoned. 

Yours  very  truly, 

1898.  Exhibitions  (D-98-17) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
electrical  and  industrial  exhibitions  in  the  United  States.  Included  are  letters 
regarding  the  exhibition  of  Edison  electrical  apparatus  at  the  Trans-Mississippi 
and  International  Exposition  and  an  exhibit  of  the  Edison  ore  concentrating 
process  at  the  Philadelphia  Electrical  Exposition. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  routine 
correspondence  requesting  Edison’s  participation  in  an  exhibition;  letters 
regarding  equipment  loans. 

Trans-Mississippi^  International  Exposition 

Department  of  Exhibits 

Mr.  Thomas  Edison, 

Orange,  U.J. 

Lincoln,  -Sma-hatNeb.  March  1,  1898. 

4  . .  r(  cU . iutv . 




My  dear  Sir,-  * 

I  writs  to  bog  that  you  lend  us  some  of  the  pieces  of  ' 
apparatus  with  whioh  you  have  worked  in  the  development  of  the  various 
applications  of  Eleotrioity  with  whioh  your  name  is  associated.  1  ap¬ 
preciate  very  fully,  I  hope,  the  spirit  whioh  has  inspired  your  work 
and  I  know  your  general  disinclination  to  make  any  show  of  self  on  oc¬ 
casions  like  the  present,  but  Expositions  are  nothing  if  not  educa¬ 
tional,  and  in  this  light  T  trust  you  will  view  the  above  request.  Any 
exhibit  of  the  various  pieces  of  apparatus  whioh  you  have  used  in  in¬ 

vestigations  now  become  historio,  will  in  my  opinion,  have  a  higher 
interest  and  greater  educational  value  than  any  other  exhibit,  which  we 
oould  obtain.  Mr.  Martin  and  others,  I  believe,  have  approached  you 
in  this  oonneotion. 

That  you  have  little  time  for  matters  of  this  kind, I  appreciate, 
but  if  you  will  indicage  that  you  will  lend  us  some  of  your  apparatus, 
X  will  oome  on  at  once,  prepare  the  exhibit  with  you,  relieve  you  of 
all  labor  in  connection  with  it,  and.- return  same  to  you  without  ex¬ 
pense  or  trouble  at  the  end  of  the  Exposition. 

Trans-Mississippi^  International  Exposition 

Department  of  Exhibits 

Hoping  you  will  consider  this  request,  favorably  and  that  X  may 
hear  from  you  shortly  in  this  regard,  I  have  the  honor  to  bo, 

Very  respectfully  yours, 

&  <B.  liVw 

Director  Bureau  Electricity. 

Address  C/o  The  University  of  Nebraska, 


2V\t.b  t’fefnqj 

Trans-Mississippi^  International  Exposition 


W'V  Lincoln,  - -Omaha..  N  eb  .  March  ai,  1«;«>. 

i\  fr  b~.,  -  rl '  Jr’ 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  ^  I  f  J 

Or?in?o,  UaTf  Jersey,  ' 

My  dear  Sir,- 

I  have  yoS|a'iVv’or 

f*  iw.  ^4/  j 

wf  «ifl  "1t 

ot  .  ‘"V-zyzt 

auisf at  p-ho  last  Paris  Exposition^  but  ^ 

•  experience  with  apparatus! s 

assure  you  every  possible  car\#  will  bo  taken  in  the  evejg|gjf  you/  lend¬ 
ing  us  anything  of  a  similar  kind,  that  a  liko  experience  does  not 

Indeed  your  name  is  so  closely  connected  in  the  minds  of  both  en¬ 
gineers  and  the  public  with  advancement  of  electrical  science,  that  un¬ 
less  we  have  some  pieces  is>r  your  apparatus,  i  shall  disappoint  a  vast 
number  of  people.  As  I  said  before,  I  will  come  to  your  laboratory  at 
any  time  convenient  to  you,  to  colloct  such  apparatus  as  you  may  care 
to  let  us  have,  ship  and  return  the  same  to  you  without  breakage,  with 
no  trouble  to  you.  Particularly,  I  would  like  to  have  a  model  of  your 
magnetic  ore  separating  machine.  May  I  hope  you  will  give  the  matter 
further  consideration.  Without  an  exhibit  by  you  wo  will  be  minus 
one  of  our  chief  educational  features.  Realizing  the  immense  demands 
upon  your  time,  I  do  not  ask  for  a  largo  amount  of  material,  but  do 
please  let  us  have  something. 

Address  c/o  University  of  Nebraska, ^  ^  r°'’)'CH',':t'ia  iy  yours,  ^  ^ 



Mr*  Thotoas  A.  Edison, 
orange,  N,  J. 

My  deai*  Edison:- 

I  sent  you  the  Phonograph  cylinder  to  which  1  referred 
and  which  1  hope  you  will  enjoy  listening  to. 

Referring  to  our  verbal  interview  in  regard  to  the  matter 
of  the  Ore  Concentrating  Process,  Mr.  Martin  advises  me  that  he  is 
having  a  model  built  for  the  New  Yorie  Electrical  show,  illustrating 
the  separation  of  the  Ore  and  has  promised  me  the  same, 

X  have  been  turning  my  attention  to  the  matter  of  the 
Kinetoscope  and  have  decided  that  ire  should  particularly  take  up 
War' scenes.  Military  and  Naval,  and  such  thines  as  machinery  in 
motion.  What  chance  is  there  to  get  some  views  from  your  Ore  Min¬ 
ing  Plant  scenes* 

I  do  not  think  we  oare  to  attract  a  class  of  people  who 
would  demand  of  us  skirt  dancer#  and  that  eort  of  thing.  Would 
it  be  treepassing  to#  much  on  yotir  good  nature  to  have  your  Secre¬ 
tary  give  me  a  letter  to  Mr*  Maguire? 






Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Laboratory,  Orange,  H.  J. 

My  Dear  Edison,- 

I  thank  you  vee'y  much  indeed  for  the  photograph 
which  you  have  sent  to  me,  and  like  it  bettor  than  any  I  have  seen. 
The  pleasant  expression  upon  it  must  have  been  caused  by  the  read¬ 
ing  of  some  pleasant  story  upon  a  phonographic  cylinder'. 

Will  it  be  too  much  trouble  to  ask  you  to  dictate  a 

- . .. 

<t  * cl-vJUX“ 

WM.  D.  MARKS,  Director,  A.  A.  LOWRY.  Treasurer.  GUY  KING,  Architect. 

ARTHUR  FALKENAU,  Consulting  Enc'r.  ARTHUR  ORGAN,  Surt. 



818  &  820  CHESTNUT  STREET. 


JUNE  6,  1898.  PHILADELPHIA, _ . 1898. 

Mr.  Francis  R.  Upton, 

Edison's  Lat&atory, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Upton: 

We  have  allotted  a  space  eigit  by  ten  to  the  Edison  Ore 
Concentrating  process.  This  will  give  you  a  wall  ten  feet  wide 
and  nine  feet  high.  I  will  be  much  obliged  if  you  will  have  sent 
to  us  anything  of  interest  explanatory  of  the  Edison  Ore  Concen¬ 
trating  process. 

I  think  I  have  written  to  you  already  to  say  that  we  shall 
bo  glad  to  pay  your  traveling  expenses  and  hotel  bill  for  three  or 
four  days  at  the  opening,  and  Trill  be  very  much  obliged  to  you  in¬ 
deed  for  your  kind  attention. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Homer* ©ring  that  you  are  one  of  the  parties  t*o  re¬ 
commended  Hr.  Luther  Stleringor  to  me  as  the  proper  party  for  the 
position  of  Consulting  Electrical  Engineer  for  the  Trans-Mississippi 
and  International  Exposition,  and  fooling  highly  gratified  with  his 
services,  I  deem  it  proper  to  v/rite  to  you  to  that  effect. 

In  writing  this  letter  I  do  it  feeling  that  it  is  due  Ur. 
Stioringer  that  I  acquaint  his  friends  with  the  able  manner  in  which 
he  has  handled  our  electrical  illuminations.  We  jgeel  that  it  is  one 
of  the  groatest  features  of  our  Exposition  and  can  only  bo  appreciated 
by  seeing  it.  In  fact,  it  is  we  think,  superior  to  the  electrical 
lighting  at  Chicago . 

Assuring  you  of  my  high  regard,  I  am. 

1898.  Expanding  Pulley  (D-98-18) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  regarding  the 
technical  and  commercial  development  of  an  expanding  pulley  for  variable- 
speed  gears  in  motor  cars.  Most  of  the  letters  are  by  Charles  M.  Johnson,  co¬ 
inventor  of  the  pulley,  and  pertain  to  the  patenting  and  marketing  of  the 

All  the  documents  have  been  filmed. 

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We,  THOMAS  ALVA  EDISON  of  Orange,  New  Jersey,  United 
States  of  America,  Scientist,  and  CHARLES  M.  JOHNSON,  of 
Denmark  House,  Grove  Hill  Road,  Redhlll,  in  the  County 
of  Surrey,  England,  Mechanical  Engineer,  do  hereby 
declare  the  nature  of  this  invention  to  be  as  follows:- 

This  invention  relates  to  driving  pulleys  of 
variable  effective  diameters,  its  object  being  to 
provide  an  improved  construction  of  such  devices  by 
which  the  change  in  the  effective  diameter  of  a  pulley 
or  of  a  pair  of  pulleys  forming  a  variable  speed  gear 
may  be  effected  without  causing  the  driving  belt  or  band 
to  change  its  alignment,  that  is  to  say,  if  the  band  is 
caused  to  travel  axially  during  the  variation  of  the  r 
pulley  diameter,  it  does  so  substantially  parallel  to. 

By  one  construction  according  to  this  invention  a 
pulley  is  •  formed  by  c ons.truc.t ing.ja  ..cage-life  framework 
of  flexible  ties  carried  between  suitable  supports  upon 
the  driving  axle,  the  said  framework  forming  the  driving 
circumference  of  the  pulley,  and_mearis  are  provided  by 
which  the  ties  are  caused  to  sag  more',  or  less  between 
the  supports,  the  axial  position  of  the  driving  belt 
remaining  unaltered. 


By  another  construction  according  to  this  invention 
a  pair  of  expanding  pulleys  is  employed,  one  driven  from 
the  other,  and  so  arranged  feat  one  is  caused  to  expand 
when  the  other  contracts'^  and  vice  versa. 

Each  pulley  of  the  pair  is  formed  of  two  conical 
cage-like  structures  mounted  on  a  common  shaft,  and 
having  the  ties  of  the  one  intercalated- between  the 
ties  of  the  other  the  conicities  of  the  two  members 
being  opposed. 

One  member  of  one  pulley  is,  according  to  this 
invention,  so  connected  by  any  suitable  linkage  or 
gearing  with  one  member  of  the  other  pulley  that,  when 
one  of  the  connected  members  is  moved  axially  to  vary 
the  effective  diameter  of  the  expanding  pulley  of  which 
it  forms  part,  the  other  connected  member  moves  so  as  to 
vary,  in  the  opposite  sense,  the  effective  diameter  of. 
the  pulley  of  which  it  forms  part,  and  further  so  that 
the  angle,  usually  a  right  angle,  which  the  belt  makes 
with  the  two  shafts  is  not  varied. 

One  construction  of  expanding  pulley  and  one 
construction  of  a  pair  of  pulleys  according  to  this 
Invention  will  now  be  described  by  way  of  example; 

Two  discs  may  be  rigidly  mounted  on  a  common  shaft 
and  the  ends  of  a  set  of  flexible  ties  secured  to  one 
disc  at  or  near  its  circumference,  and  the  ties  passed 
over  pulleys  or  through  holes  at  or  near  the  circumfer¬ 
ence  of  the  other  disc  and  secured  to  a  sleeve  upon- .the 
aforementioned  shaft.  By  sliding  this  sleeve  along  the 
shaft  the  ties  may  be  more  or  less  tightly  stretched 
between  the  discs  and  the  effective,  diameter  of  the 
pulley  varied'. 

A  pair  of  pulleys  according-  to  this  invention  to 
provide  a  variable  velocity  ratio  between  two  shafts 


may  be  formed  by  mounting  upon  each  shaft  two  conical 
pulleys  of  opposed  conicities  so  combined  as  to  form 
one  expanding  pulley.  This  may  be  effected  by  construc¬ 
ting  each  conical  pulley  of  a  cage-like  structure  and 
intercalating  the  ties  or  bars  of  one  structure  between 
those  of  the  other. 

One  member,  of  each  expanding  pulley  is  secured  to 
the  shaft  and  the  other  member  is  capable  of  axial 
motion  along  the  shaft,  the  two  movable  members  of  the 
pair  being  connected  by  a  lever  by  which  one  is  moved 
in  a  direction  which  will  expand  the  pulley  of  which 
it  forms  part,  when  the  other  is  moved  so  as  to  contract 
the  pulley  of  which  it  forms  part,  and  vice  versa,  the 
point  of  contact  of  the  driving  band  with  one  pulley 
moving  axially  at  the  same  rate  agf.  its  point  of  contact 
and  in  the  same  direction  with  the  other  pulley. 

This  device  must  be  modified  when  an  open  belt 
or  band  is  used  so  that  one  expanding  pulley  shall 
change  its  diameter  at  such  a  rate  in  comparison  with 
the  change  in  the  diameter  of  the  other  pulley  that  the 
belt  remains  always  tight  unless  there  be  no  objection 
to  the  employment  of  a  belt-tightener. 

Dated  this  8th.  day  of  July,  1898. 




- oOo -  : 

Reference  is  to  be  had  to  the  accompanying  drawing 
wherein  Pig.  1,2  &  3  are  elevations  and  Pig.  4  a  plan. 

In  Pig.  4, A, A  are  two  conical  parts  which  together 
form  a  V  grooved  pulley  suitable  for  rope  driving,  the  .  j 

parts  a, a1  being  the  two  similar  parts  of  the  fellow  pulley 
of  the  pair  which  act  reciprocally  in  expanding  And  contract-  ) 
ing  as  they  may  be  adjusted  for  the  purpose  of  varying  their  \ 
effective  diameters. 

The  pulley  A, A as  shewn  in  full  lines  represents  it  I 

at  its  minimum  effective  diameter  the  part  A  being  at  one 
of  its  extreme  position^,  while  the  part  a1,  of  the  fellow 
pulley  is  at  the  other  extreme  giving  that  pulley  its  full 
effective  diameter. 

The  boss  B  from  which  the  bars  of  the  part  A"*-  project 
is  fast  to  its  shaft  while  the  boss  0,  from  which  the  bars 
of  the  part  A  project  is  free  to  slide  along  the  shaft  on  a 
feather  and  is  prolonged  through  the  back  cone  D  and  termin¬ 
ates  in  a  free  ring  Junction  with  the  joint  plate  E  so  that 
it  can  be  slid  along  the  shaft. 

In  the  case  of  the  fellow  pulley  the  part,  a1  is  adjust-  ./ 
\  able  on  a  father  and  is  operated  similarily  to  and  moves 

together  with  A  while  the  part  a  is  fixed.  The  other  ex¬ 
treme-  positions  of  the  sliding  parts  of  the  cones  are  in¬ 
dicated  by  the  dotted  figures  A2,  a2. 

The  adjustment  of  the  parts  is  effected  by  means  of  the 
'  double  wipers  E,f,  mounted  upon  the  weigh-shaft  G  and  oper¬ 

ated  by  means  of  any  suitable  lever  such  as  H. 



"  '  "  | 


For  the  purpose  of  tightening  the  rope  the  position 
of  the  axis  of  the  pulley  A,  A1  is  variable  about  the 
centre  of  the  motor  shaft  x.  To  permit  of  this  adjustment 
the  wiper  F,  is  free  to  slide  on  a  feather  in  the  weigh-shaft  | 
Q,  while  the  wiper  f  is  fast  thereto,  so  that  the  distance 
of  centres  of  the  pulley  shaft  may  be  varied.  And,  the 
weigh-shaft  is  slung  by  the  wipers  F,f,  to  the  pulley 
shafts  so  that  it  is  free  to  adjust  itself  in  the  plain 
of  rotation  of  the  pulleys  about  the  shaft  axis  I;  the 
step-guides  J  &  K  determining  its  movements  in  the  one 
plain  in  which  it  also  bodily  rises  and  falls  as  the  wipers 
are  vibrated  in  the  operation  of  varying  the  effective 
diameters  of  the  pulleys. 




Thomas  A.  Edison,,  Dteq-.  t 

New  Jersey,  U.fc.A. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison, 

I  am  ta-«Mia>C  of  your,  letter,  with  the  signature  to 
the  documents  I  W  you,  and  J  have  handed  the  ^  to  Messrs.  " 
Boult  &  Wade,  the  Patent  Attorneys-  for  the  Scottish  Joint  Stock 
Trust,  by  whom  they  .nrjB  -receiving  attention. 

You  will  remeVdber  I  a3ked  yM,  when  I  saw  you  in  June, 
if  you  could  not  bring  -out  an  Invention  for  taking  the  fusil  otl 
out  of  whiskey.  '/ojz^aid  yoy  thought  it  cqpld  fed  done.  Perhaps 
it  can  be  done  by  3d?  oxy ge»  alond.  1  Shall  be  glad  if  you 

Will, look  into  this,  -because  one  of  the  gentlemen  connected  with 
the  Scottish  Joint  jrm%  MV.  *W  an  invention  of 

this  kind,  saying  that  d.*t  can  be  placed. 

As  regards  tjte  invention,  "Expanding  Pulleys  for  Motor 
Cars,"  I  shall  certainly^  the  Motor  car  running  next  month, 
and  shall  give  you  full  information  regarding  the-  earns, 

Thomas  A.  Edison, Esq . 

I  shall  he  , 
With  kindest  regards  • 


glad  to  hear  from  you  at  any  time, 
yourself  and  family, 

Yours  faithfully, 

ffojjgjotf  ifth  €ninf#hifkfmi! 

2nd .  Ho.v.iimbe.K, ..  '/&  8 
JT.C.  / 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 


Hew  Jersey,  U.S.A. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison,  / 

I  have  seen  Mr.  Hernfan  Dick  this  morning,  and'  have 
given  him  all  particulars  re^Motor. 

I  have  also  told  /him  about  the  price  that  we  shall 
be  able  to  get  for  our  Patent  on  the  Motor,  and  I  have  put  it 
in  for  £10,000  sterling. j  This  is  the  amount  you  will  receive, 
and  I  hope  it  will  be  eijfcirely  paid  in  cash.  You  will  note 
that  this  amount  comes  to  you  direct,  and  I  do  not  receive  any¬ 
thing  out  of  it,  but  I /am  to  receive  someth«L]rg“f(Jii^my%atents 
alone.  / 

It  will  be  /necessary  for  you  to  prepare  an  assignment 
of  these  Patents,  including  the  English,  French,  German,  Belgian 
and  feus sian,  and  have  that  deposited  with  some  Bank  in  London, 
so  tha^o  when  the  jnoney  is  paid,  the  assignment  can  be  taken  over 
by  the  C&nipany.  J  _ 


I  understand  from  the  Scottish  Joint  Stock  Trust  that 

this  should  be  done  i 

and  I  will  send  you  a  form  of  the 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq.  (2). 

assignment  hy  next  steamer. 

Enclosed  I  send  you  Patent  Powers  of  Attorney  for 
Austria,  Prance,  Belgium,  Russia  and  Germany.  It  will  be 
necessary  for  you  to  hav,  the  Power  of  Attorney  acknowledged 
before  the  Hotary  Public  and  Austrian  Consul  for  Austria  -  the 
same  for  the  Russian  Power  of  Attorney,  but  a  copy  of  the  Russian 
Power  of  Attorney  must  be  left  with  the  Russian  Consul  in  Hew  York. 

I  hope  within  the  next  week  or  ten  days  to  report  to  you 
the  success  of  the  Motor,  and  will  send  you  on  photographs  as 
soon  as  possible.  I  do  not  think  we  need'  have  any  fear  about  the 
successful  operation  of  u 

Please  bear  in  mind  that  the  French,  Belgium  and  German 
Powers  of  Attorney  need  not  be  taken  before  either  Hotary  or 
Consul,  and  you  car.  simply  sign  and  return. 

Hoping  you  and  your  family  are  quite  well, 

Yours  faithfully, 

6  Enel. 




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New  Jersey  and  Pennsylvania  Concentrating  Works. 



Edison,  Sussex  Co.,  N.  J.,  NovOTber  18thli898 

My  dear  Mr  Dick:- 

Enclosed  I  herewith  hand  you  letter  from  Mr  Charles 
M  Johnson  and  blank  Powers  of  Attorney  signed  by  Mr  Edison  for 
Austria,  France,  Belgium  and  Sermany. 

>.iao  we  herewith  return  the  °ower  of  Attorney  for 
Russia, which  the  Consul  in  New,  York  would  certify  because  the 
papers  are  in  blank.  Mr  Rci  son  says  if  you  will  have  a  dupli0ate 
filled  out  covering  the  requirenente  of  the  Russian  Consul  he  will 
sign  it.  Mr  Edison  also  says  that  you  fully  understand  this  matter 
and  he  looke  to  you  to  thoroughly  investigate  it  and  if  you  find 
everything  satisfactory  to  then  deliver  the  Powers  of  Attorney  to 
Mr  Johnson,  returning  to  us  at  Orange,  N.  J.  Mr  Johnson's  later 
for  our  files. 

Everyth ing  moving  along  here  as  well  as  could  be  expeote 
mills  running  steadily,  one  by  one  we  are  overcoming  the  troubles 
caused  by  our  sr  een  men  and  the  little  defects  in  our  macliin  ery,  so 
far  there  lias  been  no  single  serious  bug  developed. 

Yours  very  truly, 

ft  HAHWAMMRft®^' 

Mr..  EdiBOn, _ ,, _  g>  Im  pSPial  WopKs,^ 

^.6^. Waterloo  Street.  m 

New  Jersey,  U-  _8.  A. _ ^ lA^GQW.  ¥th»  °e°»  /#£ 

Dear';Mr  Edison, 

The  Motors  are  not  yet  ready  to  run  on  the  road,  hut 
will  certainly  have  them  running  on  or  about  Jan.  1/99.  and  until 
then  I  cannot  say  absolutely  that  it  is  a  success,  but  I  can  now 
say  that  all  the  machine  work  will  be  done  this  week,  and  that  it 
is  about  as  near  right  as  human  skill  can  get  it,  without  making 
a  test. 

I  have  had  some'  sharp  words  With  N.  E.  Redd  the 
Manager  of  the  Scottish  Joint  pttiiik  Tru^t  Ltd.,  he  insists  that 
hiS  Company  have  a  right  to  use'  your  name,  even  Without  your 
consent.  X-  have  notified  J. S. Morgan  &  Co.,  of  London.  "That 
they  were  not  to  part  with  the  assignment  under  a,ny  conditions' 
until  after  they  had  been  notified  by  you  and  by  me  so  to  do" 

X  am  in  receipt  of  a  letter  from  them  stating  'that  I 
should  communicate  with  you,  so  please  cable  J.SVMorgan  &  Co.,  to 
wait  for  instructions,  and  then  you  write  them  fully,  • 

There  i3  an  English  Company  that  waits  to  purchase 

this  Patent,/ 

And  wants  to  purchase  my  Patents  some  twenty  in  number, 
and  I  want  to-  say  to  you,  that  we  are  going  to  have  the'  best 
Motor  Gar,  that  has  ever  turned  a  wheel. 

The  Scottish  Joint  Stock  Trust  Ltd.  contract  with  me, 
expires  by  option  on  Peb.  24/99,  and  unless  they  comply  with  the' 
terms,  they  will  have  to  pay  you  more  than  £10, 000-0-0d,  for/;  out! 
Patent,  and  they  may  try  to  put  down  the  £10,000-0-0d.  in  cash  in 
theihands  of J^S. Morgan  &  Co.  get  possession  Of  the  Assignment,  and 
not  even:  wait  for  me  to  have  a  test  of  the  Miator  Car  to  see  that 
everything  is  all  right,  but  try  to -use  it  against  me. 

It  is  hard  to  get  a  crowd  of  men' together  here  without 
finding  a  Judas  among  them,  and  I  simply  want  to  have  ey^ry thing 
in  such  shape-  so  that  they  cannot  get"  the  best  of  us  in  fny  way. 

If  these  men  The  Scottish  Joint  Stock  Trust  Lt£,  do  not. 
dome  up  to  the  mark,  there  ^are  other-s,  and  they  know  it. 

Enclosed.  I  send  you  J.s. Morgan  &  Co.  letter  to  me,  I 
■wfould  have  cabled  you,  but  I  want  to  post  you,  and  then  you  cable 
them  after  receiving  my  letter. 


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1898.  Glcnmont  (D-98-19) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  Edison’s  home  in 
Llewellyn  Park.  There  are  only  2  items  for  1898.  Both  are  letters  from  S.  D. 
Willard  &  Co.  regarding  landscaping  at  Glenmont. 

Both  documents  have  been  filmed. 

Tl)OOt  Af Edison, Esq,  , 

Orange ,  N. J. 

Dear  f?ir! 

Your  replace  stock  has  gone  forward  via  D.L.&  W.R.R., 
addressed  to  yourself  at  Orange, N.J.  Kindly  notify  us  upon  its 

Very  respectfully, 

S.D. WILLARD  &  CO,, 
per  G. 

It  was  so  late  when  your  order  came  it  was  hard  work 
for  us  to  secure  such  Crimson  Rambler  Bushes  as  we  desired  you 
to  have.  Row, my  dear  sir, do  you  wish  us  to  refund  the  money, or 
will  we  send  you  two  bushes  free  of  charge  next  Rail  ?  We  want 
you  satisfied.  Enclosed  find  stamped  return  envelope  for  reply. 
Has  Mr.  Edison  recai  ved  his  Hedge  yet  ? 

Very  respectfully, 

S.D. WILLARD  &  CO., 

per  G. 


1898.  Mining  -  General  (D-98-20) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
mining  and  ore  milling.  Included  are  documents  regarding  the  business  of  the 
Edison  Iron  Ore  Concentrating  Co.,  Edison’s  interest  in  the  Ortiz  gold  mine 
in  New  Mexico,  operations  at  the  Ogden  mine,  and  foreign  ore  milling 
matters.  There  is  also  one  letter  concerning  a  proposed  visit  by  Edison  to 
various  Portland  cement  plants  in  Pennsylvania.  Many  of  the  documents  have 
extensive  Edison  marginalia. 

All  the  documents  have  been  filmed. 

New  Jersey  and  Pennsylvania  Concentrating  Works. 

I  got  fey  third  hand  tho  nforinaticm  that  Booth,  Garret  & 
Blair  'nave  found  cobalt  in  the  pig  iron  at  Oatasnuqim  from 
your  briquettes,  and  also  that  you  wished  no  to  know  or  this,  and 
what  the  effect  of  cobalt  was  on  iron.  It  so  happened  that  the 
very  same  day  I  had  a  report  fr-a  our  chemist  that  wo  had  found 
.035  of  1  per  cent,  of  cobalt  and  nickel  combined.  Tho  amount 
was  so  small  that  it  was  Impossible  to  separate  the  two  and  find 
out  the  relative  proportions  of  each,  but  I  have  seen  the  borax 
bead  showing  the  presence  of  cobalt,  which  bend  contained  whatever 
nickel  was  present,  and  from  the  indications  by  the  color 
it  would  seem  that  the  precipitate  was  almost  altogether  cobalt,  with 
very  little  nickel.  I  find  stated  in  Howe ' s  metallurgy  of  Steel 
that  nickel  and  cobalt  are  frequently  present  in  cast  iron,  though 
rarely  if  ever  in  important  amount,  and  are  retained  when  it  is 
converted  into  wrought  iron  and  steel;  and  he  gives  the  following 
paragraph  on  the  effect  of  cobalt: 

”B.  Cobalt. —  Of  the  effects  of  cobalt  on  iron  we  have  still 
"less  knowledge.  Billings  found  ingot  iron  with  .33  cobalt 
"(but  otherwise  almost  perfectly  pure)  solid,  tough  and  de- 

"cidodly  weak  when  Bold,  and  somewhat  redshort .  As  It  con¬ 
tained  no  manganese  its  redshortness  may  have  boon  due  to 
"what  we  call  oxygenation.  Alloys  or  53.39  and  12.97# 
"cobalt,  with  46.71  and  87.21#  iron  respectively,  made  in 
"Percy's  laboratory  wero  brittle.  Hot  iron  absorbs  vapor, 
"evolving  it  whan  heated  in  vaotio." 

The  reference  to  Billings  is  to  some  experiments  made  at 
Bouth  Boston,  a  great  many  years  ago.  You  will  find  these  experi¬ 
ments  in  Vol.V  of  the  Transactions  of  the  American  Institute  of 
Mining  Engineers.  Mr.  Billings  amused  himself  by  trying  all  sorts 
of  combinations  of  iron  with  different  elements  that  he  thought 
might  possibly  have  some  effect  on  steel,  and  bis  work  is  occasion¬ 
ally  referred  to  today,  although  his  results  were  almost  altogether 
negative.  I  do  not  know  that  Hadfield,in  England,  has  ever  exper¬ 
imented  on  cobalt.  He  is  preeminently  the  one  who  has  done  most,  in 
the  way  of  special  alloys.  Further  than  this  information,  I  do  not 
know  where  to  look  for  anything  about  the  effect  of  cobalt;  we  have 
never  done  anything  with  it  here.  The  amount  present  as  determined 
by  us  is  very  small;  and  the  information  given  by  Billings  and  the 
other  references  of  Ho we,  would  not  seem  to  justify  any  conclusion 
that  it  was  of  any  particular  benefit. 

Trusting  that  this  will  be  of  use  to  you,  I  am. 

Yours  truly. 


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Dear  Sir:—  I  trust  you  will  pardon  the  liberty  I  take  of 
addressing  you  upon  a  matter  which  if  solved  would  materially 
benefit  this  Western  country.  Agra at  many  attempts  have* been 

made  to  construct  hydro-carbon  furnaces  for  the  reduction  of  ores./^ 
Experiments  have  been  made  with  a  view  of  usin^  super-heated  steam 
and  ordinary  oiX  ,  but  up  to  the  present  time  nothin  has  been  dis¬ 
covered  in  the  line  of  fire  brick  what  will  withstand  this  kind  of 
heat  .  it  has  bean  suggested  that  perhaps  you  could  solve  this 
problme  by  making  a  asbestos  brick  which  would  be  sufficiently 
durable  ani  at  the  same  time  withstand  the  heat  generated  by  this 
process  .  This  system  of  reducing  ores  is  sought  to  be  'applied 
at  the  mine  for  matting  purposes  .  If  you  could  invent  and  con¬ 
struct  a  furnace  which  could  be  purchased  at  a  low  price  I  believe 
you  would  do  the  raining  industry  of  this  Country  a  great  service 

md  open  an  avenue  of  great  profit  to  yourself. 

Yours  Very  Respectfully. 





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Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 
Edison,  N.  J. 
Dear  Sir:- 

Maroh  7th«  1898. 

let  txr~~"4l *■&'  ( 

I  notice  in  Volume  XV111,  of  the  Transactions  of  thd_ 
American  Institute  of  Mining  Engineers,  that  Mr.  Prank  C.  Smith 
mentions  in  a  paper,  entitled  »  A  proposed  Method  for  Working  Telia 
rides  «,  that  you  stated, that  if  tellurium  could  be  produced  cheap¬ 
ly  and  in  quantity,  you  could  use  considerable  of  it. 

In  treating  copper  electrolytically,  we  are  able  to 
separate  tellurium  in  such  a  manner  tha t  we  could  place  it  on  the 
market  for  very  much  less  than  it  ever  has  been  sold  for  in  the 
past.  If  you  are  still  interested  in  this  matter,  I  would  be 
very  much  pleased  to  hear  from  you. 

Yours  very  truly, 

C'/l14sx  f 



New  Jersey. 

My  dear  Sir, 


March  11/98. 

I  have  had  one  interview  with  Mr.Porbes,  and  he  seemed  very 
pleased  to  see  me,  being  such  an  admirer  of  youv  He  asked  me  to  tell 
you  that  anything  in  his  power  that  he  can  do  would  be  gladly  forth¬ 

.1  have  not  yet  received  the  boxes,  so  that  I  cannot  make  a 
demonstration,  but  I  presume  they  are  on  the  "Paris",  which  is  now 
several  days  overdue. 

I  have  received  a  letter  from  some  member  of  the  household 
of  Sir  Henry  Bessemer,  saying  that  he  is  at  present  most  critically 
ill,  but  as  soon  as  he  is  able  to  see  me  he  will  do  so.  I  have  gone 
slow  with  some  of  these  other  names,  as  I  want  to  be  sure  they  are  the 
people  we  will  finally  want  to  be- interested  with  us. 

I  hope  to  receive  the  photograph  and  also  any  further  in¬ 
formation  you  can  give  ms. 

I  am  in  the  best  of  health  and  am  well  pleased  with  this 

•  These  general  letters  I  am  forwarding  to  Orange,  but  when¬ 
ever  anything  especially  private  is  to  be  communicated,  I  will  send 
as  you  advised. 

With  kindest  wishes  to  all. 

I  am, 

Sincerely  yours. 


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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq-, 

New  Jersey. 

My  dear  Sir, 

<VND,  W. 



I  presume  that  you  have  noticed  in  the  daily  press  the 
death  of  Sir  Henry  Bessemer.  He  had  been  filing  for  some  time  and 
since  the  death  of  his  wife, (about  one  year  ago)  has  been  in  feeble 
health.  I  shall  try  and  attend  the  funeral.  I  am  sorry  it  was  not 
possible  for  me  to  deliver  your  message. 

X  will  call  on  Dennison  Penderyin  a  general  way  and 
explain  to  him  what  X  am  here  for. 

I  trust  you  received  the  "Statist"  that  I  sent  you,  which 
fully  explains  the  condition  of  the  iron  market  and  its  requirements. 
This  article  appears  at  an  opportune  time  for  us.  I  am  glad  to 
note  from  Mr.  Mallory's  letter  that  the  mill  has  been  running  so 
steadily  and. successfully. 

▼1th  best  wishes, 

I  am, 

Yours  sincerely, 


March  18th,  1898. 


Mr,«s  A.  Edison  , 
Edison,  N.  J. 
Dear  Sir:- 

Your  favor  of  the  1,(3 th  instant  is  duly  at  hand,  and 
I  note  contents  of  same  carefully.  We  will  look  into  the  matter 
fully  and  see  if  it  is  possible  for  us  to  produce  tellurium  for 
$2.00  per  pound.  In  the  meantime  I  would  like  to  know  how  much 
it  you  could  use  if  we  could  make  it  for  this  price. 

Hoping  to  hear  from  you  in  the  near  future,  I  remain, 
Your 8  very  truly. 

L (ytcfn.  XU  a 

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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.  J., 

Dear  Mr.  Edison 

Gen'l  William  J.  Palmer  of  Colorado  Springs, 
Colo.,  President  of  the  Rio  Grande  Western  Railway  Co.,  who  has 
had,  as  you  know,  very  long  experience  in  the  western  country, 
is  now  here,  and  will  be  until  the  10th  of  April.  •  Are  you 
likely  to  be  in  the  city  during  the  next  f ew  days,  or  would  it 
be  agreeable  to  you  for  me  to  arrange  to  have  you  meet  Gen'l 
Palmer  at  luncheon,  or  possibly  at  dinner  in  the  evening,  so 
that  he  might  have  a  little  talk  with  you  with  reference  to 
your  proposition  for  getting  the  gold  out  of  the  dry  placer 
ores.  It  is  a  matter  of  very  considerabe  interest,  and  it 
might  be  that  you  could  fit  it  in  with  your  many  engagements. 

I  was  very  glad  to  hear  from  my  brother  that,  when 
you  were  in  Brooklyn  a  few  weeks  since,  you  told  them  that  your 
new  lamp  was  very  near  at  hand.  I  trust  that  since  then  the 

/  progress  has  been  considerable  in  the  direction  of  completing 
your  work. 

I  am, 

Very  truly  yout 

6  Mr 



'ifer'ia  ist  lags 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Hsq., 

Orange , 

New  Jersey. 

My  dear  Sir, 

I  have  nothing  Bp'ecial  to  report  to-day 
satisfied  with  the  outlook  and  everything  is  going  p 
now  awaiting  the  arrival  of  a  surveyor,  and  1  hope/to  be  able 
in  a  vary  short  time  after  he  has  commenced  historic  to  be  certain 
of  what  we  now  have  reason  to  ekpect  regarding  the  large  deposits 

of  magnatite .  /  s'f*  - 

Trusting  all  is  going  well  witj/ypu  and  with  best 
wished.  / 

Sincerely  yoursy 

No.  4  Hanover  Street. 

r :  Yo  r  k,  Ape  i  1  2nd .  •.  1898 .  ■ 

l'ha  "Strat|iclyd3»[a]  arrived  from. ah'mbur.g. recently: and  landed  a!  vary 
.'  largo .  number. . of.  Bags  ;.of  Boa t  root  Sugar ;  [granulated]  a  tainsd . by . dust-  from. 

;  Manganese:.  Ore:.-  “tS  J^/? 

On- the- voyage  the  cargo:shi  ffcad  by .str^o  of  jeittor  and  some  Casks  of  V“ 

bagging  thorn  to.  look,  n 

were  sifted  over  the-  B^ga.  of  .Sugar,  / 
: and  making  thorn  unma&ka'n'tabla’.in’ 

Ono  of  the  Marino  Insurance : Companies  that  I  represent  insured  a'  lot  of 
2240  Bags,  of  which  898  Bag3  have  suffered  damage  to  the.  Sugar,  by  .  reason- of 
-Manganese:. dus.t  haying  si-f  tad  through  tha  outar  and .  inner  .  bag,  moat  . of  thorn. only 
yory  slightly  and  on’  tha  surface,  immadiatoly  under  the. bags.' 

Thera  are  other  lots  of  Sugar  insured .  in  other .  Companies  of  footed  .  the 
same  way.’ 

IT-,  has"  ii'eon  suggested  to~ms’  that',  i-t-  might  -be  posaibla'  Bo-duo[i~th88'9.7ba'gs™r 
and  pass  tha  Sugar,  under  the  influence  of  powerful.  electric  magnets,  and  jn.  that  • 
way  draw  out. all  thsi  manganese  dust,’  leaving . the’  Sugar  pure- and  whi  to  and  sound.’ 

I;  write  to- ask  if  you :  think  this  is  practicable’,  and  if  30,  can  it  be 
done  a-t  a  reasonable  price?’  the.  value :of  the  Sugar  .i3  §%<t  per  lb.- 

I;  understand  you  have  devised  some. such,  process  for  . separating  ores,  . and  ' 

thor.a-fota-:  this  .nat  tar  has  ...been-.  thought  a !.•  .1:  do-.not ;  knovr.vrhathor  this  sys-tam 
has  baon-  pu  t..  i  nto\ practicable-,  o  pa  rat  Lon-,  or  .whether  there. is .any;  plant: as ta.V 
lished  ;for  the:  .purpose-.  • 

If  net  too. ouch  trouble,  would  you:,  please  .give.ita.  tha.informa- 
.  t ion. I;. an  3aakiag,  with  the-: hope  o.f  finding, soma  v/a'y .  tovdaal  with  the:  damaged 
■Sugar,,  so-  3h,to-.9ffa6t:a^pn^oP3bia7sa7ini;;bf  :SShoyZ;;!: "  ;  -  - - 

T*ele qramb i  “ FILTERED," 

jfsiryi Memorandum. 

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\NQE  Oil  AMU  KIIS, 

B1XTET1I  i 

Liverpool,  Applr. 

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Us*  "for may ,  1t.S»A. 

Xre&r  Hi *, 

H  understand  ym  and  arBrklng  cut  p  proOfieS*  to  ooncent-rats 
-WiV  Jersey  Iron  ores  -$rA  thqt  the  making  o$  the  fi^e  ora  Into 
^briqu&ttea  present*  wm  diYf faulty .  If  th\g  ^  ep,  should,  be  ®ted. 
to  h&aT  vtrbin  y ou,  d.s  to  what  a  really  gqod,,  aheap,  $  suoeeMfuii 
proceeds  tor  e^rtddrting  finpir  ran  ora  into  strong  briquettes  -would. 
.J*#  mprth  p,#r  ton  epnyppted  tp  yqu. 

Ilo^x,  K£> 

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Chicago,  April  30,  1B9R. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  31stj . 

l.ionlow  Park,  N.J. 

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my  inforration  in  rclaiipn.Jo..  the  Marvin/ 

i  rock  thaff'Ts  vary  hard?  Hjrfw-aiways 

Can  you  gi’ 

Electric  Prill,  as  to  its  working  ii!  rock  t 
thought,  you  were  the  leading  electric  man  of  this  country  and  I  notice 
it  was  advertised  you  were  using  the  Ingersoll  Prill  for  rock  work 
in  place  of  Electric  Prills  and  as  I  am  connected  with  some  folks  in 
",’yoming  that  are  developing  a  piece  of  property  there,  they  asked  me 
to  write  to  you  and  get  your  opinion  as  to  which  is  the  best  for  hard 
rock  work. 

Hoping  to  be  favored  with  a  reply,  I  remain, 

Yours  truly 

Oh as  .  Van  Sickel 

-;'-v371  Irving  Ave. 

Chicago,  Ill 

fjf-l  fK. 

oear  Sir:- 

I  have  a  patent  just  granted  for  converting  feric  oxide  into  magnetio 
oxide.  I  have  tried  it  with  success  both  on  the  the  red  and  brown  ores. 
The  process  is  as  follows: heat  the  powdered  ore  in  an  air  tight  ves- 
sel^to  a.  point  slightly  before  fusing  and  allow  it  to  cool  with  the 
air  excluded,  and  the  feric  oxide,  is  entirely  converted  into  a  magnetic 
oxide.  In  this  way  the  conversion  is  complete  without  the  necessity  of 
a  reducing  gas.  After  the  ore  is  rendered  magnetic  it  is  then  ready 
for  a  magnetic  ore  separater. Will  you  be  kind  eneough  to  send  me  some 
printed  matter  descriptive  of  your  separater  and  give  me  the  terms  up¬ 
on  which  I  might  use  it? 

'  TflE- 

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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison* 
Edison,  jt.  j 
Dear  Sir:— 


dtou  w-i  ^  ^  -  ^  C 

\\xui^x  ^  Uae 

I  hear  that  you  intend  J^isit^the  foment  i regions  in  the 
course  of  a  week  or  two,  wTth"a  view  of  going  over  dl ffereiji  Cement 
Wbrkp .  If  such  is  the  ptjse.,  I  hope  you  will  favor  me  wi^h  with  the 
opportunity  of  entertaining  you  as  my  guest .  I  am  anxious  to 
return  the  favor  and  your  kindness  given  me  when  at  your  Works  a 
few  weeks  ago.  If  you  name  the  day  you  expect  to  come  here,  T 
should  be  pleased  to  meet  you  in  Allentown.  There  is  a  train  ar¬ 
riving  hero  Ap  about  11  o’clock.  We  take  an  early  lunch 

and  drd«y.e  .put  to  our  Works,  and  from  there  visit  the  Egypt,  c-oplay 
4nd  Bonnoyllie  Vprty,  returning  to  AUent^n  in  the  evening  for-  dfn- 
ner*  J  shop  id  bfi  pleased  to  have  Mr.  Mallory  pd  Mr.  upt'on  accom¬ 
pany  you .  ’ 

Awaiti^  j>fpj.Y/  and  homing  yPp  vili  appept  iny  invitation, 

R^*  Y.ours  truly. 

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1898.  Mining  -  Mines  and  Ores  (D-98-21) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
mines  and  ores  to  be  bought,  sold,  worked,  or  tested.  Many  of  the  letters 
were  written  in  response  to  reports  of  Edison’s  interest  in  developing  a 
separation  process  for  gold  ore.  Most  of  the  items  selected  for  filming 
received  a  significant  response  from  Edison. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  Some  of 
the  unfilmed  letters  contain  marginal  notes  by  Edison  requesting  samples  of 
ores  or  noting  that  the  mine  was  unsuitable. 



658  Long  Dtetiuico  Telephone,  > 

Friend  Edison: 

Harrisburg,  Pa.,  March  12,  1898. 

Hold  on  to  the  molybdenite.  Tt  may  go  to  *1  a  pound  within 
three  months,  and  you  may  as  well  have  the  benefit. 

A  Frenchman  has  discovered  that  molybdenum,  with  vanadium  and 
uranium,  mixed  with  steelj  makes  it  much  more  impregnable  than  the 
harveyizod  steel.  I  am  semi~offlo.ially  informed  that  the  French 
government  have  adopted  the  new  comp/fand,  are  going  to  use  it  on 
their  war  vessels,  and  already  have  agents  in  this  country  purchas¬ 
ing  all  the  minerals  they  can  containing  these  elements. 

One  of  the  agents  is  now  in  Idaho  for  molybdenite;  but  the  de¬ 
posit  there  is  uncertain.  So  are  the  deposits  elsewhere;  but  with 
a  better  proppeet  of  a  large  quantity  at  your  place  than  any  I  know 
of  any  where  in  the  world.  As  you  know,  it  can  be  mined  only  once, 
and  you  may  as  well  have  the  full  benefit. 

I  did  not  observe  any  vanad%nite  or  uraninite,  or  g  ,,  at 

your  place,  but  they  all  occur  s^p  on  the  same  trend  elsew^here, 
and  may  be  found  in  y0ur  deposit.  It  is  possible  that  all  these 
minerals  may  have  entered  into  your  briquettes,  and  led  to  the 
toughening  of  the  iron  .  T  did  not  look  for  any  of  them  in  the  ex¬ 
aminations  I  made,  as  I  thought  the  others  reported  upon  covered 
the  ground  sufficiently. 

Faithfully  yours. 

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Montreal  April  1. 1898 

Dear  Sirs . : - 

I  have  made  very  careful  tests  of  the  sample  of  iron 
ore  received  from  you  on  the  25th.  ult . 

I.  The  ore  was  crushed,  and  carefully  seperated  into  two  portions 

one  .M&CTet.iQ, _ the  other  non-magnet,  ic  . 

The_mannetio  portion  amounted  to  78.7055  of  the  whole 
the  _non-mafrnetia  making  Up  the  balance. 

II.  The  jm-aappetio  portion  was  first  analyzed  and  found 
to  yield. 

Metallic  Iron  36.7555 
Titanic  Acid  44.62 

III.  The  magnetic  portion  was  next  analyzed  and  found  to  contain. 

Metalic  Iron  61,2955 
Titanic  Acid  7.1455 

IV.  The  conclusions  to  be  drawn  from  above  are,  X  regret  to  say 
that  the  ore  is  not  amenable  to  electrical  or  magnetic  seperation. 
It  would  not  be  possible  on  a  large  scale  to  make  as  careful  a 
seperation  as  I  made  here  in  the  Laboratory.  Even  with  careful 
laboratory  seperation  the  magnetic  portion  still  contains 

7.14  Titanic  Acid  whioh  is  equivalent  to  4.2355  Titanium.  An  ore  ' 
containing  such  a  percentage  of  Titanium  could  not  be  satisfac- 


:  -2:  - 

-torily  used,  except,  perhaps  in  very  small  quantities  mixed  with 
other  ores . 

In  conclusion  I  may  add  that  all  work  on  the  samples 
has  been  done  in  duplicate.  I  was  disappointed  to  find  so  much 
titanium  in  the  magnetic  portion  and  to  make  sure  figures  were 
correct  I  made  tests  a  second  time.  This  will  account  for  delay 
in  reporting  these  samples. 

I  am,  dear  Sirs 
Yours  faithfully 

J.T. Donald. 

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Thos.  A.  Edison,  Esq.  , 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  I Mr.  Edison:- 

I  arrived  home  a  week  ago  and  am  taking  active  means 
to  get  the  Gold  Ore  Reduction  proposition  in  some  tangible  shape. 

I  noticed  your  draftsman  at  Edison  had  a  blue  print  of  the 
model  of  works  which  you  made  for  the  New  Jersey  Zinc  Company  and  I 
would  be  obliged  if  you  would  have  him  mail  a  copy  of  it  to  me. 

The  proposition  outlined  to  you  by  me  appears  to  be  attractive 
to  some  of  my  associates  and  I  shall  collect  the  information  needed  on 
this  end  as  fast  as  I  can. 

1  will  send  the  box  of  ore  to  you  some  time  next  week. 

I  am,  yours  respectfully, 

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I  have  charge  of  the  CONSTITUTION'S  mining  news  department' 
and  have  had  every  oportunity  to  familiarize  myself  with  the 
southern  mineral  field.  When  this  interview  was  published  ,  I  be- 
r&n  to  sift  from  the  hundreds  of  properties  in  the  soft. or  sapro- 
lite  belt  ,  the  most  attractive  and  to  more  closely  investigate 
the  best. 

If  you  think  of  coming  into  this  field  T  would  be  pleased  to 

Atlanta,  Ga. -  J89 _ 

.Hive  you  any  information  jn  my  power  because  I  realize  what  it 
will  mean  to  the  south  if  our  low  /trade  cold  properties  can  be 
operated  at  a  reasonable  profit. 

T  have  never  announced  in  the  Constitution  even  the  sub¬ 
stance  of  the  interview  because  if  it  were  thought  you  were  after 
a  property  ,  the  price  would  be  raised  on  you. 

I  have  in  mind  one  proposition  which  stands  out  among  the 
others  conspicuously-  a  soft  belt  Which  pans  for  a  width  of  300 
feet  and  for  7800  feet  in  lencth  on  one  property.  An  assay  of 
the  average  for  TOO  feet  across  in  the  cut  where  it  is  being 
worked,  went  ST . 40  per  ton.  One  quartz  vein  ,  7  ft  thick  ,  "in 
this  belt  ,  assayed  §8  for  the  averace.  Another  vein  in  the  same 
belt  ,  5  ft  thick  ,  quartz  ,  assayed  §3.20  per  ton. 

The  ditch  supplies  .800  minors  inches  of  water  or  30,000  gal¬ 
lons  per  minute.  Call  it  300  inches  to  bo  on  the  safe  side  ,  anti, 
under  200  feet  head  ,  we  have  1450  H.  P. 

By  the  hydraulic  process  ,  this  is  being  worked  for  15  cent;; 
per  ton  but  that  is  a  most  wasteful  process  ,  as  you  know.  I  think 
the  property  contains  about  1,000  acres  .  It  is  held  at  S.100,000 




Atlanta,  Ga - .189— 

but  less  money  would  buy  it. 

I  have  assumed  that  the  interview  was  authentic  because  the 
average  newspaperman  of  my  acquaintance  ,  even  here  in  the  south, 
has  not  the  familiarity  with  the  sapiolite  gold  belt  which  the 
interview  displayed. 

Sincerely  hoping  that  yoit  will  turn  your  attention  to  this 
vast  gold  field,  T  am 

Yours  truly 

1898.  Motion  Pictures  (D-98-22) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  regarding  the  technical  and 
commercial  development  of  motion  pictures.  Most  of  the  letters  are 
addressed  to  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  There  are  also  copies  of  outgoing 
letters  by  William  E.  Gilmore,  general  manager  of  the  company.  Included  are 
documents  relating  to  arrangements  with  William  C.  Paley  for  filming  the 
events  of  the  Spanish-American  War.  There  are  also  items  pertaining  to 
efforts  by  the  company  to  procure  film  stock  from  Lumiere  &  Sons  and 
Eastman  Kodak;  and  letters  from  the  American  Parlor  Kinetoscope  Co. 
concerning  problems  with  the  motion  pictures  purchased  from  the  Edison 
Manufacturing  Co. 

All  the  documents  have  been  filmed. 

Related  material  can  be  found  in  D-98-24  (Phonograph  -  General). 


Jan.  29th,  1898.  M9 

®homas  A.  Edison,  Esq. , 

N.  J. 

Dear  Sir, 

We  received  yesterday  your  favor  dated  January  11th 
authorizing  us  to  return  to  col.  a.  E.  Gouraud  the  §100.  which  was 
not  released  on  October  lath,  1894,  which  we  have  done. 

Yours  truly, 



.  436  SIXTH  AVENUE, 

WlLLIAM  PALEY  Manager. 






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Vtes'tee : 

Note  attached  letter  from  F.  Z.  Maguire  &  Co.,  together  with 
copy  of  the  arrangement  v/i  th  Mr.  Paley,  all  of  which  I  think  fully 
explain  themselves.  1  passed  through  to  you  some  little  time  back  an 
additional  bill  for  §75.00,  which  was  credited  to  F.  Z.  Maguire  &  Co. 
This  amount  should  be  transferred  and  debited  against  Wm.  Paley, 
and  royalties  computed  in  accordance  with  his  contract  are  to  be  charged 
against  the  amounts  advanced,  that  is,  the  first  §75.00  I  refer  to 
above,  the  attached  bill  of  §75.00,  together  with  the  other  bill  of 
§500.00.  I  think  this  fully  explains  itself,  but  if  not,  you  had  better 
see  Mr.  Schermerhorn,  who  can  doubtless  explain  it  to  you,  but  if  not, 
then  see  me.  1  think  Mr.  Schermerhorn  is  familiar  with  this  arrange¬ 
ment  ,  but  in  any  event,  you  might  show  him  the  papers  for  his  informa¬ 

4/27/  98. 




Type  "Q" Cell, 

Orange,  N.  J.,  Mar.  7,  1898. 

Win.  Paley,  Esq., 

c/o  Eden  Musee, 

23rd  St. ,  New  York. 

Dear  Sir:- 

With  further  reference  to  the  subject  of  the  arrangement  to  be 
made  with  you,  the  conclusions  reached  between  us  are  as  follows: 

It  is  our  idea  that  you  will  continue  to  take  original  negatives  of 
animated  pictures  for  us,  such  arrangement  to  cover  a  period  of  one  year 
from  February  21,  1898,  the  necessary  negative  stock  to  be  furnished  by 
us,  punched  ready  for  use,  without  charge *  in  our  regular  standard 
lengths,  which  for  the  short  strip  is  about  50  feet,  and  longer  strips 
multiples  thereof,  up  to  about  150  feet,  we  to  allow  you  an  upseV  price 
for  such  negatives  of  Fifteen  Dollars  ($15.00)  net  bn  all  accepted  by  us. 
All  positives  made  from  such  accepted  negatives  are  to  be  sold  by  us  in 
the  open  market  at  regular  rates,  we  undertaking  to  list  the  subjects  in 
our  regular  catalogues  from  time  to  time  as  they  are  issued,  and  to  have 
them  listed  whenever  and  wherever  possible  in  any  catalogues  gotten  out 
by  our  various  agents  or  representatives.  Where  a  special  subject  is. 
to  be  taken,  requiring  an  additional  amount  of  money  over  and  above  the 
$15.00  above  referred  to,  to  cover  actual  traveling  or  other  similar  ex- 
PenSeS’  t0  fUrnlShlns  the  negative  stock  we  would  of  course  be 



Yta.  Paley.  (2)  3/7/98 

perfectly  willing  to  confer  with  you  and  agree  upon  an  amount  to  be  paid 
in  addition  for  any  such  expenses. 

In  consideration  of  your  giving  us  a  portion  of  your  time  and  ser¬ 
vices  in  the  furnishing  of  satisfactory  negatives  as  above  outlined,  we 
agree  to  pay  you  a  royalty  of  Thirty  Cents  (30  cents)  on  each  positive 
strip  sold  by  us,  either  directly  or  indirectly,  from  each  50  (about) 
feet  negative,  the  longer  strips  to  be  paid  for  on  the  same  basis  at  a 
proportionately  higher  rate,  such  royalties  to  be  paid  you  monthly,  we 
submitting  a  sworn  statement  as  to  the  number  of  films  sold  from  the 
negatives  furnished  by  yourself.  It  is  of  course  mutually  understood 
between  us  that  this  arrangement  is  not  exclusive  in  any  way,  we  re¬ 
serving  the  right  to  make  similar  arrangements  with  other  parties  should 
it  be  deemed  by  us  wise  and  proper  to  do  so.  It  is  also  understood  that 
the  royalty  so  paid  you  does  not  apply  in  any  way  to  negatives  taken  by 
ourselves  or  by  others  for  our  account,  and  it  is  further  understood  that 
the  royalty  is  not  to  be  paid  on  the  so-called  "Passion  Play"  pictures 
which  we  are  now  making  under  arrangement  with  Messrs.  Richard  a.  Holla- 
man  and  Albert  0  Eaves,  or  to  the  subjects  taken  from  the  "Second  Act  of 

This  arrangement  terminated  by  either  party  upon  ninety 
days*  written  notice.  •  In  event  of  the  arrangement  being  terminated  hy 



either  party  at  any  time,  it  is  understood  that  the  negatives  in  our 
possession  shall  so  continue,  and  as  long  as  there  is  any  demand  for 
positive  strips  from  such  negatives  taken  by  you,  we  shall  continue  to 
pay  you  the  royalty,  just  the  same  as  if  the  contract  was  in  full  force 

and  effect. 

I  believe  the  above  covers  the  understanding  in  full  between  us. 

If  you  have  any  further  suggestions  to  offer,  please  let  me  know  at  once 
otherwise  let  us  have  your  approval  in  writing. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(Signed)  W.  E.  Gilmore 

General  Manager. ■ 


T.  Z.  MAGUIRE  &  CO., 

Lord’s  Court  Building, 

NEW  YOl^pj-i!  20, 

E.  Gilmore,  Gen,  Mgr,, 
Orange ,  N .  J , 

Dear  Sir;-  v'  . 

„  *,P  We  sfld  you  herewith  bill  for  the  second  $75.00  which 

makes  ?lo0.00  in  all  chargeable  against  the  negatives  and  royal - 
tiSS  fJ1Uiam  paley  for  Havana  Picture st^  The  writer  has  ad¬ 
vanced  $500.00  to  poley  as  against  his  negatives  and  royalties, 

Ihl  v»r£rt»l  +  UHniShinS  trar,sportation  and  eiving  the  psition  on 
the  yacht  "Anita"  or  "Buccaneer in  the  event  that  hostilities 
should  not  occur,  then  Paley  is  to  return  any  unexpended  balance. 
^  Paley  is  Praotically  spending  his  own  money,  you 

can  readily  understand  that  this  a  very  good  arrangement  for  us. 
The  trip  will  practically  cost  us  nothing.  The  first  trip  of  the 
Biograph  to  Havana  and  vicinity  cost  them  $1000.00,  so  that  you 
can  readily  understand  that  we  are  doing  well  in  the  malt  ter.  In 
°f’de^_to  Jt0eP  this  matter  straight,  I  am  sending  you  a  bill  for 
the  $500.00,  which  is  to  stand  charged  against  Paley's  account. 

I  am  sending  you  a  memo,  from  Paley  which  will  be  perfectly  sat¬ 
isfactory  to  yourself  as  regards  this  whole  matter,  I  think. 

Referring  for  a  moment  to  the  chagrin  of  Mr.  Prescott 
concerning  his"  not  being  notified  at  the  same  time  as  this  con- 
.  cern  was  in  reference  to  the  Cuban  War  Films,  it  seems  well  to 
drop  the  remark  that  this  business  was  conceived  in  this  office. 
™fk®d  with  ,the  "Journal,"  and  ad  vances.  made  on  account  there  of - 

and  we  have  yet  to  learn  that  Mr.  prsscottdone  anything  in  con¬ 
nection  therewith.  It  would  hardly  be  fair,  therefore,  that  he 
should  receive  any  more  than  a  fair  profit  under  the  circumstances. 
As  you  may  feel  that  there  is  a  risk  in  the  advance 

ti£n  withal  th0  6Vent'  that  a  1033  3hould  ooaur  iu  connec- 
tion  with  this  advance,  the  writer  is  perfectly  willing  to  sustain 
such  fair  proportion  of  it  as  may  be  thought  proper.  ?hls  con- 
^Sency  «  think  is  not  at  all  likely,  but  will  serve  to  secure 

,  ,  .  Padey  ■'nlxs  ,3500  ft.  <5>f  your  negative  stock,  ho  has  re- 

l^vn*  n  +  SQtr<nJ  ++'  aUU  sleo*,i,‘G  hsrth  from  the  "N ,  y.  Journal,  "and 
leaves  at  9. do  tomorrow  morning,  i  have  given  him  instructions 
to  keep  us  thoroughly  informed,  and  to  try  if  possible  and  ret 
..some  interesting  pictures  of  the  troops,  either  at  Key  St  oJ 
Tampa  before  he  gets  on  board  ship.  This  will  not  delay  him  He 

I S  th  ink6  on**  t  he  °whol  n°hrlsk  0f  missl«S  the  sailing  of  the  yacht! 

I  think  on  the  whole  the  arrangement  is  exceedingly  satisfUrt  nr-v- 

“  Lir*’*  ‘rv0"-  w,prov*1'  » >»««». 

>z' zsv* 





New  York,  April  SO,  1898, 

Messrs,  p.  z.  Maguire  &  Co,» 

Lord's  Court  Bldg.; 

New  York  City, 


For  and  in  consideration  of  $500.00,  receipt  of  which  is 
herewith  acknowledged,  I  agree  to  go  to  Key  west  and  Havana. and 
take  position  on  one  of  the  "journal's"  yachts,  and  to  take  ani¬ 
mated  pictures  of  the  hostilities  at  that  point,  it  is  specifi¬ 
cally  understood  that  the  $500.00  herein  mentioned  is  an  advance 
against  negatives  and  royalties  of  any  films  I  may  make  at  this 
or  any  other  time  for  the  Edison  Mfg.  Co.  I  agree  in  the  event 
that  peace  is  declared,  and  that  no  further  interest  is  likely  to 
be  shown  in  war  pictures,  to  return  to  New  York  at  the  earliest 
possible  period,  and  to  return  such  unexpended  balance  of  the 
$500.00  herein  mentioned  as  is  possible  for  me  to  make,  it  being 
understood  that  I  only  desire,  reasonable  living  expenses  during 

this  trip, 

I  also  agree  to  use  ray  best  efforts  to  keep  p.  z.  Maguire 
&  Co.  fully  aware  of  what  I  am  doing,  of  subjects  taken,  together 
with  proper  descriptions  in  connection  therewith,  and  to  send  the 
negatives  to  the  Edison  Mfg.  Co.  at  the  earliest  possible  moment. 



IviPiER  ao  SelatinoBromure  d'Arge: 

<£3iigii.>/a  <<i(otii.>  !Uii/nie/-e/ 

Brovoto  S.C  D.G. 

,  X 

juin  ecould  4  laquelle  nous  nous  empressons  de  rdpon- 
dre.  Nous  sommes  a  votre  disposition  pour  vous  four 
nir  les  pellicules  sensibles  cinematographiques  coupeoa 
h  I  s/b«  sur  touts  longueur  comprise  Jusqu’k  50  metres 
d’un  soul  morceau. 

Nous  pourrions  vous  livrer  ces  pellicules  au  prix 
de  0,75  centimes  le  metre  non  perfordes,pour  des  com¬ 
mandos  de  5  k  10000  feets,  Si  les  commandos  attei- 
gnaient  le  chiffre  de  2 0000 'feats  et  devaient  se  re- 
nouveller  f requemment , nous  pourrions  abaisBfr^ceprix  1 
k  0,70  centimes /'ft  I 

Nous  avons  deux  Bortes  d* emulsion, l’une  ’rapida 
pour  negatifs,l’autre  lente  pour  po.sitifs. 

Toutes  nos  pellicules  sont  faites  sur  support 
transparent, nous  n’en  faisons  pas  sur  support  depoli. 

Nous  serions  tres  heureux  d’entrer  en  relations 
oommeroiales  aveo  vous  et  avons  l’espoir  qua  lea  oon- 

•tWtl *4 

ditions  que  nous  vous  faisons  cidessus  vous  convien- 
dront .  ,„-c 

'?•  Dans  l’attente  de  vos  ordres  que  nous  exeouterons 
aveo  le  plus  grand  so in, nous  vous  prions  ,  Messieurs  , 

.  ,  .d^agr.^er  nos  distingueeB  salutations. 

‘ ‘u-  ~  ,r~  ~ v" v/0f»:  LU m m er&sg* f1l.s 


cable  address :  AMERICAN  PaRLOR  KlNETOSCOPE  Co. 


WASHINGTON,  D.C.,  U.S.  A.  ;Augi  mh  J898> 

Edison  Mf’g.  Co.  .  .  1  ’■■■>■  '  ' '  i 

East  Orange  N.  J.  ! 


Your  letter  in  regard  royalty  upon  belts  has  been  refer¬ 
red  to  our  Mr.  C..  M.  Campbell  who  has  been  listening  to  the  sad  sea 
waves  at  Atlantic  City  for  the. past  week.  He  will  give  the  matter 
prompt  attention  and  write  you  with.  a. check  for  the  amount  due.  May 
its  size. steadily  and  rapidly  increase. 

Yours  truly 





American  Parlor  Kinetoscope  Co. 


A-i  Sept.-  9th  1698. 

Edison  Mfg.  Co. 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Gentlemen.  ,  -  , _ 

During  the  recent  absence  of  Mr.  Campbell  from  the  citv  we  re¬ 
ceived  a  letter  from  you  making  inquiries  in  regard  to  a  contract  which 
you  mentioned.  We  find  that  we  will  be  unable  to  use  your  films  except 
in  a  few  cases, owing  to  the  fact  that  when  they  are  .enlarged  they  are 
thin  and  weak.  There  are  probably  four  or  five' of  your  films  which  we 
can  use  with  good  results.  The  remainder  are  valueless  so  far  as  we 
have  been  able  to  discover.  When  Mr.  Campbell  visited  vou  last  winter 
he  was  laboring  under  a  misapprehension  as  to  our  abilitv  to  use  them. 

Under  the  circumstances  we  wish  that  you  would  confer  with  Mr.  Edison 
or,  act  at  your  own  instance, and  let  us  know  what  you  think  would  be 
the  fair  thing  for  both  parties. 

If  we  paid  you  an  amount  equivalent  to  2  1/2  cents  a  belt  on  every 
belt  we  have  sold  this  summer, or  since.  Mr.  Campbell  was  in  Orange  the  ■ 
sumtotal  would  not  amount  to  a  dollar  and  a  half  per  month, 
very  truly  yours. 

Referring  to  the  attached  papers  from  Lumiere,  it  was  Mr. 

Edison’s  suggestion  that  we  write  Eastman  that  we  have  received  a  very 
•  from  abroad 

much  lower  price^on  stock  equally  as  good  as  theirs,  which  we  can  import 

and  pay  freight  on  and  still  secure  at  lower  figures  than  they  have 


quoted  us.  I  do  not  think  you  had  better  give  any  figures,  but^and  see 
if  we  can  get  them  to  give  us  a  better  price  than  we  are  now  paying. 

The  reason  I  send  all  these  papers  to  you  is  that  I  understand  a  repre¬ 
sentative  of  the  Eastman  Co.  was  here  to-day  to  see  you,  and  possibly 
you  discussed  the  matter  of  price  with  him.  If  not,  get  into  corres¬ 
pondence  with  them  at  once  and  let  me  know  what  the  result  of  it  is. 


W.  E.  0. 

/  I  ‘  (^?lson  Manufacturing  Co • 
f  4,  New  York" .  U.  S.  A. 

?api  er  au  Citrate  dAkgent  Mesi!eurs, 

gent  En  r®ponse  4  votre  honoree  du  15  aout  nous  vous 
'"faisons  remarquer  qua  las  quantites  da  5000  ,  10.000, 
at  mama  20.000  pieds  dont  vous  nous'  entreteniez  dans 
votre  lettre  du  23  Juin  ,  sont  relativement  peu  import 

»  '  ■  at  mama  20.000  pieds  dont 

Papism  Peu.igulair'es  TOtre  lettre  du  23  J^in  , 

..  ^rgpareg  5‘nprff  leg  procbiI& 

IB®lEiJSg®Br-  tantes  at  ne  pouvaieht  gu 

'f'  de  prix  considerables  ; 

ue  Cinematosijapiie  Nous  avons  da  nouveau  examine  la  qil^stion  d^i 
iyffivXw  ^r8  tres-  attentive  at 

pouvaieht  guere  justifier  das- 

is&DG  maniere  tres*  attentive'  et nous  avons  reconnu'  que  nous 

r~  pouvions  faire  das  diminutions  as. eez  importantes  at 

I  ' 

proport ionnolles  aux  quantites  da  pellicules  que  vohs 
pourriez  nous  obmmahder  4  la  fbis  ,  mais  4  la  conditio 
!:■  000.  a  oiique^ces  quanti/fr&ii.&olenfc'notablement  plus  fortes  qua 


celles  que  vous  nous  indiquez  dans  votre  lettre ‘du 
23  Juin. 

Void  done  las  nouvellas  propositions  que  nous 
pouvons  vous  fairs  pour  das  commandos  comportant  das 
ordres  da  3000  ,  6000  ,  15.000  ,  30.000  ,  at  60.000 
metres  k  la  fois  ;  Veuillez  bien  noter  qu’il  s’agit 
da  metres  at  non  da  pieds  : 

Pour  touts  commands  da  3.000  metres  at  au  dessous, 
las  pellicules  vous  seront  facturees  au  prix  da  70  frs. 
las  100  metres  ; 

.  Pour  6.000  metres  -  68  francs 

.  Pour  15. 000  metres  - - • -  65  francs 

Pour  30.000  metres - -  62  frs. 50  ernes 

Pour  60.000  metres  — -  6  0  francs 

Ces  prix  s’entendent  pour  das  pellicules  non  perforee*, 
sur  support  transparent  ,  emulsion  lente  ou  emulsion 
rapide  a  votre  choix  et  pour  des  longueurs  inferieures 
k  50  metres, par  pellicula,  ;  Ces  prix  sont  nets  , franco 
d’emballage  ,  livrables  en  gare  de;Lyon  ,  port  et  dou£- 
ne  6.  votre  charge,  sans  aucune  responsabilite  de  notre 
part  pour  :  des  accidents  en  mer  ■,  payables  &  30  jours, 
en  or  au  cours  de  Paris. 

Si  nos  prix  vous  conviennent  ,  vous  aurez  done 
tout  interet  k  nous  transmettre  eh'un  seul  ordre  des 
Bi  c.!i.cpmmandesi:ausdi:ii«Jtt>!tf1iantes  que-  possible  ,  dont  nous 
ifev'l i.vhfr raison- diS  6.(300  titl'd  a 


Papier  au  Citrate  dArgent 

Eiher  au  d>E  latino  Bromured'^rcu 


par  example  ,  par  semaine  . 

Le  prix  de  60  francs  les  100  metres  est  un  minimum 
qui  dans  aucun  cas  ne  saurait  etre  depasse  et  qui  ne 
Tnous  laisse  qu’un  benefice  tree  faible  ;  Nous  espe- 
rons  que  vous  pourrez  l’accepter. 

Dans  l’attente  du  plaisir  de  vous  lire  ,  nous  vou» 
prions  ,  Messieurs  ,  d’agreer  nos  bien  sinqeres  salu¬ 


Social  A  A  ho  ny  me  desPlaquesJ^nm  PnoiinirHphiquM 

npn'txf.  rntf’jtf*#'  Dirp.ntii  v rf 


Rochester,  N.  Yi,  October  11,  1898. 

Edison  Manufacturing  Co., 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Gentlemen:  -# 

In  reply  to  your  esteemed  favor  of  the  6th  Inst.,  would  say, 
as  stated  to  you  personally,  that  we  would  hardly  feel  warranted  In  at¬ 
tempting  to  compete  in  price  with  the  first  party  named  in  your  letter,  as 
the  question  of  quality  must  be  considered  in  connection  with  price. 

There  is  certainly  no  one  in  this  country  in  a  position  to  furnish  you 
with  an  article  in  the  film  lift®  of  as  high  a  standard,  uniformity  and 
general  good  quality  as  we,  and  it  must  be  borne  in  mind  in  this  connec¬ 
tion  that  in  ^raking  sensitive  photographic  emulsions  the  cost  is  to  a 
great  extent  regulated  by  the  standard  of  quality.  Under  our  high 
standard  we  have  to  stand  a  loss  on  a  great  many  batches  of  emulsions, 
which  would  doth tless  be  sent  out  by  smaller  concerns.  The  risk' connect¬ 
ed  with  using  an  article  pf  questionable  quality  and  uniformity  for  your 
class  of  work  would  certainly  more  than  offset  any  slight  difference  ! 
in  pricebotween  that  and  an  article  of  known  reliability. 

regards  the  Lumiere  price,  we  are  at  a  loss  toac  count  for  (i 
the  matter,  as  we  are  competing  with  Lumiere  in  their  own  country,  and 
at  prices  no  better  than  those  offered  you.  During  the  writer's  ab¬ 
sence  we  received  an  order  through  our  London  house  for  80,000  net  of 

Cine  film; for  one  party  in  Trance;  this  would  certainly  indicate 

our  prices  are  about  on  a  par  with  theirs,  or  else  tha,t  there  is  b 
cient  difference  in  qualitl  to  induce  the  European;  customers  to  take  our 
film  in  preference  to  theirl  at  a  higher  price.  However,  the  matter  is 



Edison  Mfg.  Co, 

one  of  considerable  importance  and  we  propose  going  into  It  very  care* 
fully,  We  are  writing  to  our  London  Company  today  relative  to  it,  and 
would  esteem  it  a  favor  if  you  would  delay  aetion  for  two  or  three  weeks 
in  order  to  give  us  an  opportunity  to  make  proper  investigation,  when’ 
Hi*.  Strong  will  be  pleased  to  communicate  with  you  further. 

We  have  not  heard  from  you  as  yet  in  regard  to  tests  which  you 
promised  the  writer  to  make;  would  esteem  it  a  favor  if  you  will  kindly 
advise  us  as  to  the  results  obtained. 

Yours  truly, 


MW  By 

?.  S.  Please  consider  our  statement  in  regard  to  Prenoh  order  strictly 

Edison  Manufacturing  Co., 

Orange,  N.  J, 

"nu““!  "  . . . . /■ 

In  further  reply  to  your  esteemed  favor  of  Oct.  6th,  relative  to 

the  price  of  Cirie  film,  would  say  having  heard  from  our  London  house, 
that  for  several  reasons  it  does  not  seem  to  us  that  we  would  be  justi¬ 
fied  in  making  any  reduction  in  our  prices  to  you  at  the  present  time. 

In  the  first  place*,  we  are  already  giving  you  rock-bottom  prices,  better 
than  we  give  to  anyone  else.  Secondly,  film  identical  to  that  sold  to 
you  is  being  sold  in  Europe  in  competition  with  the  film  which  you  have 
teen  thinking  of  usi,ng.  If  our  European  competitors  quote  prices  in 
Europe  op  a  par  with  the  price  you  state  they  quoted  you,  it  would  mean, 
figuring  duty  owtj  that  our  film  is  being  sold  in  Europe  considerably 
higher  thap  theirs.  If  there  is  sufficient  good  qualities  in  our  films 
that  they  would  sell  in  large  quantities  in  foreign  territory  under 
such  conditions,  it  would  certainly  seem  that  they  ought  to  sell  readily 
at  home  where  there  is  only  a  small  difference  in  price  to  be  considered. 
Thini,  the  question  of  quality  and  service  it  seems  to  us  should  be  one 
of  some  importance,  and  deemed  sufficient  to  offset  any  slight  difference 
in  price. 

The  film  which  we  furnish  you  has  a  heavy  celluloid  base,  calculated 
to  stand  long  and  hard  usage;  it  is  all  especially  tested  with  extreme 
care  before  it  is  sent  to  you  so  as  to  insure  your  receiving  an  article 
as  near  the  standard  of  perfection  as  it  is  possible  to  make  in  sensi- 

Ro Chester, Oct.  22,  : 


Edison  Mfg,  Co.' 

tive  photographic  goods.  Your  orders  for  film  of  our  manufacture  have 
always  been  filled  with  utmost  promptness;  in  order  to  do  this  we  en¬ 
deavor  to  constantly  carry  a  stock  of  film  on  hand  for .you  ready  for 
immediate  shipment.  This  certainly  is  a  great  convenience  to  you,  and 
ought  to  be  a  consideration. 

Finally,  if  you  encounter  any  difficulty  with  film  purchased  of 
us  your  statement  that  you  are  having  trouble  Immediately  secures  to  you 
the  benefit  of  our  experience.  If  the  goods  should  prove  to  be  effec¬ 
tive  prompt  adjustment  would  be  made.  On  the  other  hand?  if  the  diffi¬ 
culty  appears  to  be  in  manipulation  our  ebeperts  will  ifcidertake  to  assist 
you  in  overcoming  the  trouble.  If  you  consider  only  the  question  of 
price  our  prices  appear  ap  a.  disadvantage  in  comparison  with  thosC  which 
you  state  were  quoted  you,  but  if  worth  is  considered  then  our  price 
certainly  is  not  high  by  comparison  with  others.  It  costs  Wore  money 
to  make  a  heavy  celluloid  film,  which  undergoes  a  special  process  to 
prevent  dry  stripping  than  it  does  to  make  a  thin  eand^-blnetsd  ordinary 
film;  we  fully  believe  that  it  is  worth  d  iff  Stance  in  jprice  to  you 
and  hope  that  before  changing,  you  Will  giire  fhe  matter  yOur  careful 

Yours  truly, 



American  Parlor  Kinetoscope  Co. 

washJn^HjnCplc! \Ts.iJ  "i  mov.  8, 

orange,  M,  j.  IfiPSU  . M . <> 

v/hnn  Y??f  reoeJ?t  lett'or-to-tlte-T3.™  has  awaited  my  return. 

^  t  ?  t  d  wlth  you  in  1Iay  or  June  we  tooth  supnosed  your  films 

could  be  used  successfully  on  our  machine.  Mr.  Edison  was  also  of  this 
opinion.  Our  first  order  for  about  18  films  which  we  paid  for  resulted 
disastrously.  The  majority  of  them  xro  threv;  away,  01*  the  few* we  tried 
*°  ™>e  *lt  10P-'  T\vith  R  r‘10d01’atG  W008BB.  such  films  as  the  Cool;  d 
light,  Pan  so  Du  Ventre,  She  Parisian  Dance,  Fighting  the  f-'re  find 

do3noHIi foSSS  order^one  T?l% 

8Z&  ha^teS1oS!h°Ut  °°Bt*  V/Q  ^  use  th^°£ 

*t.  Pice  of  the  films  we  are  informed  that  they  are  soiling 

at  retail  at  a  lower  price  than  we  paid  wholesale  although  the  contract 
called  for  the  lowest  price  to  us  allowed  the  "most  favored  oustSS? 
p^aaad  ^he  X±flt  l?,0011  Edison  films  and  pay  a  royalty  of 

dosen  for  films  sold  by  wholesale.  This  corresponds  with 
stoat omont  -fchia-fc  we  were  to:  "pay  to  Mr,  Edison  the  dum  of_25  cents 
per  cloven  for  film3  sold  at  wholesale  for  $3  per  dozen,  royal  tv  to  irt- 

rerado?-on":!>r0Anrtfi0T1  +f  th+  +Llole0ale  prlce  increase  beyond  this  #3 

•  As  we  both  put  the  same  interpretation  on  the  contract  in 
this  partj.ou.lai  it  only  remains  to  say  whether  or  not  the  contract  should 

5  therf  e  i-°ntbo°r;lt  +0f  ?he  miS0»  failing  to  do  the  w^h  ezpected 

or  them.  Ij.  there  is  to  be  no  revision  then  the  only  nuestion  to 
,7.a  iI,yL”°'ny,EcllBon  toave  we  sold  at  wholesale  since  the  contraot 

V-1"  naclB-  0m?  anovf01'  i®  Practically  none.  First  we  soil  very  few  films 
dining  the  summer  season,  trade  commencing  in  the  Autumn-  in  the  second 
Place  of  tne  films  sold  at  wholesale  very  few  of  the  Edison  films  have 


American  Parlor  Kinetoscope  Co. 

Edison  Mfg.  00. - 2 

been  included,  for  the  reason  already  set  forth.  We  are  willing  to  make 

faifh  0bufvouaT;^w-T+,11Ve  UP  t0  lettOT  °f  contrac^in  good 
,y+u  w±dl  find  there  is  practically  nothing  coming  to  you.  My 
C0ii™-hrtt’I8nav-  i\ot  fold  at  wholesale  20  dozen  Edison  films  since7 
+Jfl+n^+a^«J  d°^bt  11  1,h?  total  wholesale  and  retail  sales  would  amount 
to  that  much.  The  royalty  on  such  a  quantity  would  be  fj5,  if-  that 
quantity  were  sold.  .  ’ 

r?^hap?  you . do  not  understand  that  we  had  to  enlarge  these  films 
enclos^you  a  sample^  machine  and  this  made  tham  VQry  thin  and  poor.  We 

Very  truly  yours, 


M.  C, 

1898.  Patents  (D-98-23) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  to  and  from 
Edison’s  patent  attorneys  and  agents  relating  to  domestic  and  foreign  patent 
applications,  patent  litigation,  and  other  patent  matters.  Included  are  letters 
regarding  patents  for  Edison’s  ore  milling  system,  the  phonograph,  and  the 
kinetograph.  Many  of  the  items  pertain  to  patent  applications  on  Edison’s  ore 
milling  system  in  various  foreign  countries,  such  as  Great  Britain,  Germany, 
Russia,  and  Spain.  Among  these  are  several  letters  exchanged  between 
attorney  Frank  L.  Dyer  and  his  brother,  Lt.  George  L.  Dyer,  who  was 
stationed  at  the  U.S.  Legation  in  Madrid  at  the  outbreak  of  the  Spanish- 
American  War.  One  of  the  letters  contains  comments  by  George  L.  Dyer 
about  political  conditions  in  the  United  States  and  Spain  on  the  eve  of  the 

Approximately  60  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  non-substantive 
correspondence  about  application  fees,  patent  issues,  renewals,  taxes,  and 
other  routine  transactions;  bills  and  receipts  from  attorneys;  letters  of 
transmittal;  documents  that  duplicate  the  information  in  selected  items. 

Related  material  can  be  found  in  D-98-16  (Electric  Light  -  General 
Electric  Company). 

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ijtyr/fvt/l  iso  ^iz/nu/ 



February  9,  1898. 

Dear  sir:- 

You  will  recollect  ^t'hat  the  Patent  Office  placed  your 
application  showing  a  reversable  recording;  and  reproducing,  de¬ 
vice  having  a  recorder  o^.  one  side  and  a  reproducer  upon  the 
opposite  side,  in  interference  with  a  patent  to  William  Smarting 
No.  462,687.  We  succeeded  in  having  that  interference  dis¬ 
solved,  and  the  Patent/ Office  has  now  declared  «  new  interfer¬ 
ence  on  a  broader  issue.  We  will  move  to  dissolve  this  in¬ 
terference  on  the  same  grounds  as  ir.  the  original  interference 
but  before  doing  so  /it  is  necessary  to  file  the  preliminary 
statements,  as  required  by  the  rules.  We,  therefore,  enclose 
a  copy  of  the  statement  filed  in  the  original  interference, 
which  kindly  execute  as  indicated  in  pencil  and  make  oath  be¬ 
fore  a  notary,  whetf  must  affix  his  seal.  Kindly  return  the 


paper  as  early  as, possible . 


We  are  sending  to  Mr.  Randolph  at  the  laboratory  af¬ 
fidavits  in  another  phonograph  application.  Mr.  Ott  will  exe¬ 
cute  one  affidav|t  and  Randolph  will  forward  the  papers  to  you, 
so  that  you  may  fexecute  your  affidavit.  These  affidavits  re¬ 
late  to  the  "flo,ating"  recording  or  reproducing  devic< 
which  v. 

(Enclosure) . 


March  10,  1898. 

Lieut.  George  L.  Dyer, 

Naval  Attaehea  U.3.  Legation, 

Madrid,  Spain. 

My  dear  George,- 

I  am  sending  you  under  separate  cover  as  commer¬ 
cial  papers  registered,  the  necessary  applications  for  3ix 
patents  in  Spain  relating  to  Mr.  Edison's  ore  milling  appara¬ 
tus.  I  enclose  a  copy  of  instructions  which  I  am  sending  to 
correspondents  in  other  countries  and  which  will  give  you  all 
information  concerning  the  cases.  Upon  receipt  of  the  papers, 
kindly  cable  me  {"Vernerve,  New  York")  the  word  "Received",  so 
that  I  may  know  that  the  papers  have  come  to  hand.  In  the 
event  that  the  application  papers  for  other  foreign  countries 
are  received  by  my  correspondents,  I  will  not  cable  you,  but 
should  there  be  any  hitch  regarding  the  applications  for  pat¬ 
ents  in  other  countries,  I  will  cable  you  the  word  "Withhold" 
prior  to  April  12,  1898,  per  the  fourth  paragraph  of  my  in¬ 
structions.  I  desire  to  have  all  of  these  oases  filed  on 
Tuesday,  April  12,  1898,  without  fail. 

When  the  papers  have  been  received  by  you,  kindly  place 
them  in  the  hands  of  Mr.  Prancisoo  Elzaburu,  Ho.  3  Bup.  Villa- 
lar.  I  send  the  papers  to  you  rather  than  to  the  agent  di¬ 
rect,  because  I  am  not  in  any  way  acquainted  with  him  and  am 
anxious  that  the  cases  should  be  placed  in  good  hand3.  Before 


turning  over  the  papers  to  Mr.  Elzaburu,  It  might  be  a  good 
plan  for  you  to  boo  him  to  form  some  estimate  of  his  reliabi¬ 
lity.  Kindly  impress  upon  him  the  necessity  for  making  ao- 
ourate  translations  in  view  of  the  importance  of  the  cases. 

I  bag  to  enclose  draft  to  your  order  of  the  value  of  $180, 
which  I  think  will  be  ample  to  cover  all  oharges  for  these 
eases.  Please  say  to  Mr.  Elzaburu  that  the  credit  for  these 
cases  will  be  placed  to  the  account  of  Leonard  H.  Dyer,  of 
91R  V  Street,  Washington,  D.G.,  but  that  all  correspondence  is 
to  be  addressed  to  me,  including  future  notloes  of  taxes  and 
workings.  If  it  would  not  be  asking  too  much,  I  should  like 
to  have  you  look  over  the  Spanish  translations  after  they  have 
been  made  to  satisfy  yourself  that  they  are  oorreot.  If  you 
are  not  impressed  with  the  responsibility  of  Mr.  Elzaburu, 
please  put  the  oases  in  the  hands  of  some  reputable  patent  at¬ 
torney  in  Madrid  who  oan  be  entirely  relied  upon.  Assuming, 

however,  that  the  oases  will  be  filed  by  Mr.  Elzaburu,  I  am 
giving  a  letter  of  Introduction  to  that  gentleman  for  Mr.  Her¬ 
man  E.  Dick  of  Chicago,  but  if  the  oases  are  filed  through  some 
other  attorney,  please  give  me  his  name  so  that  the  letter  of 
introduction  can  be  changed. 

I  will  be  under  many  obligations  to  you  for  your  kind¬ 
ness  in  oonneotion  with  this  matter. 

Yours , 





1.  six  patantrj  will  be  secured,  relating  to  tho  ap¬ 
paratus  invented  by  Mr,  Edison  tor  concentrating  magnetic 

iron  ores  in  such  enormous  quantities  that  low  grade  materi¬ 
al  can  be  handled  profitably.  The  cases  are  of  the  highest 
importance,  and  particular  caro  should  be  taken  In  making 

2.  The  six  applications  will  be  designated  as  follows : 
Oase  A,  Process  and  Apparatus  of  Concentrating  Magnetic  Iron 

Ores  and  Bricking  the  Same  for  Market.  Drawings ;  4 
shoots,  designated  in  load-pencil  on  upper  right-hand 
corner,  A1,  A2,  A3,  A4. 

Case  B,  Method  of  and  Apparatus  for  Breaking  Rook,  Drawings: 
ft  sheets  —  R1,  B2,  B®,  B4,  B5, 

Case  0,  Improvement  in  Rolls.  Drawings:  4  shoots _ c1,  C2, 

0'\  04. 

Oase  D,  Improvement  in  Elevators  and  Conveyors.  Drawings:  6 
sheets  —  D1,  D2,  D3,  D4,  D6,  D6. 

Case  E,  Bricking  Machine,  Drawings :  4  shoots,--  pi,  p2  p>3 


Caso  P,  Improvements  in  Dryers,  Drawings:  3  sheets  —  pi,  v2, 

ft.  One  copy  of  theopeoifi cation  in  oach  case,  of  the 
necessary  drawings,  and  the  required  powers  of  attorney 
are  forwarded. 

4.  Immediately  upon  receipt  of  the  papers  by  you, 
cable  "Vornorvo,  New  York",  the  word"Roceived".  In  the  event 
of  my  cabMdig  you  before  April  12,  1898,  the  word  "Withhold", 
kindly  delay  tho  filing  of  the  applications  until  advice  by 
mail  is  giver..  If,  however,  the  word  "Withhold"  is  not  ca¬ 
bled  to  you,  then  the  cases  are  to  be  filed  without  fail  on 
Tuesday,  April  12,  1698. 


!j.  },?v,  ftormnn  V..  Blok,  care  of  live mi,  Shipley  &  Co., 

Loudon,  is  financially  intoreotod  in  those  oases.  It  lr.  not 
unlikely  that  Mr.  ni ek  may  call  or.  you  for  information  coi> 
earning  tho  condition  of  the  applications  after  they  have  boon 
filocl,  and  you  will  pi  oast;  give  him  any  information  which  ho 


Maroh  18,  1890, 

Herman  E .  Hick,  Esq., 

c/o  Brown,  Shipley  *  Co.,  Bankers, 

London,  England. 

My  dear  Rir,- 

The  several  applications  for  foreign  patents  relating 
to  Mr.  Edison's  ore  milling  apparatus  were  forwarded  to  my  cor¬ 
respondents  several  days  ago  with  instructions  to  file  the 
oases  on  April  12th  next  unless  advised  to  the  contrary  by 
oable  from  me.  The  Berman  applications,  at  Mr.  Bergmann’ s 
request,  were  sent  to  him  for  transmission  to  his  personal 
Berlin  representative.  The  British  applications  are  in  the 
hands  of  Messrs.  Harris  &  Mills,  23  Southampton  Buildings,  W.C. 
London;  the  French  applications  with  Mossrs.  Brandon  &  Sons, 

59  Rue  de  Provence,  Paris,  Frs.nce;  the  Spanish  applications 
with  Mr.  Francisco  Elzaburu,  No. 3  Dup.  Vlllalnr,  Madrid,  Spain, 
unless  I  advise  you  to  the  contrary  in  a  later  letter;  the 
Russian  applications  with  Messrs.  Kaupe  &  l’schokaloff,  7,  Kir- 
pitsohnoi  Pereoulok,  St..  Petersburg,  Russia;  and  the  Austrian, 
Swedish  and  Italian  applications  with  Messrs.  Brydges  &  Co., 

43 — 44  Luisen  Strasee ,  Berlin,  IT. 'It.,  Germany.  I  beg  to  en¬ 
close  a  letter  of  introduction  to  each  of  these  agents,  tfith 
some  of  them  I  am  personally  acquainted,  and  I  believe  you  will 
find  all  of  them  intelligent  and  oourteous. 

Under  separate  cover,  I  take  pleasure  in  sending  you 

copies  of  the  specifications  and  drawings  for  each  of  the  oases 
as  filed  in  the  respective  countries. 

Yours  ve'-y  truly, 



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Richard  N.  Dyer,  Xsq., 

31,  Nassau  St., 

New  York. 

My  dear  Sir, 


I  h are  yours  of  the  lath  ult.,  enclosing  JLetters 
of  introduction  to  your  foreign  agents.  X  note  there  are  no 
Belgian  Patents  applied  for  and,  of  course,  this  is  what  1#* 
Edison  has  undoubtedly  desired.  If  X  remember  corrects.^  VO  found 
that  there  were  no  deposits  worth  mentioning  in  Belgium*  but  4 %m 

is  this  going  to  affect,  their  making  this  maphinery  is 'tidy 
choose  so  to  do,  and  if  we  fljnd  it  necessary  can  we  .^p(Ly.  jfor 
the  Belgian  patents  la|er  on,  before  the  issue  of  the.  $Sh*r 
Xuropean  Patents? ,We  do.  nob  «|uit..t^  fflay  tb*  application  of 
th'f -  utbep-  on  account  of the  Belgian,  but  I  *m  only 
flying-. this, to  kn#p  how„we.§re  f tending  in  the  matter. 

di^wl^ge^  npeeirioatloiw,  «te., 

'faf  $gjgglai&,. 

■  ■  ■  ■  '  <'  ,*.•»  ■...,«•*  .-r'r"  . 

,t.  v.  ....  , 

April  6,  1898. 

Mr.  Oonzalo  Polligero, 

Ho.  1  Padilla  Street, 

Madrid,  Spain. 

Boar  8ir:- 

The  bearer,  Mr.  Herman  K.  Dick,  of  Chicago,  Ill, 
(London  address:  c/o  Brown,  Shipley  &>  Co.),  is  financially  in¬ 
terested  in  the  applications  of  Thomas  A.  Edison  relating  to 
ore  milling  apparatus  recently  forwarded  to  you  with  instruc¬ 
tions  to  file  the  same  on  April  12,  1898.  Mr.  Dick  has  entire 
authority  from  Mr.  Edison  to  negotiate  for  the  sale,  license  or 
other  disposition  of  the  patents  either  before  or  after  their 
issue.  You  will  therefore  please  furnish  Mr.  Dick  with  any 
information  concerning  the  cases  which  he  may  request. 

Any  personal  courtesies  which  may  be  shown  Mr.  Dick 
will  be  appreciated  by  me. 

Yours  very  truly. 


six  receipts  for  the  patents  the  applications  for  which 
he  filed  yesterday.,  April  12  ^in  accordance  with  your  ins¬ 
tructions.  The  cases  were  well  prepared  and  I  am  more 
than  ever  satisfied  that  he  is  a  very  careful  and  trust¬ 
worthy  man.  I  gave  the  cases  to  a  translator  who  I 
thought  would  Go  them  satisfactory,  having  had  some  prev¬ 
ious  experience  with  the  individual  in  question.  T  con¬ 
cluded  howver  that  the  work  would  not  be  sufficiently 
well  done  and  turned  them  over  to  another  translator  under 
Mr.  Felligero's  personal  supervision.  Owing  to  the  fact 
that  I  have  had  a  great  deal  to  do  here  and  the  circumstancs 
attending  the  work  have  been  such  as  to  occupy  my  very 
serious  and  prolonged  attention  I  have  not  been  able  to 
give  to  the  translations  and  the  preparation  of  the  cases 
that  attention  which  I  had  promised  myself  to  give.  I 
feel  quite  content  however  with  the  work  and  do  not  believe 
you  will  have  any  occasion  to  complain.  With  the  receipts 
for  the  cases  I  enclose  two  receipts  for  expenses  and  a 
receipt  for  a  telegram  I  sent  you  on  4th  of  April.  This 
telegram  cost  me  thirty  four  pesetas  and  25  centimos  at 
the  rate  of  2/l4  pesetas  per  word.  Deducting  the.  last 
four  words  which  were  entirely  personal  to  me  there  re¬ 
mains  as  the  cost  of  the  telegram  to  you  25  .70  pesetas. 


Thia  mk&&  a'  total  of  fOO  peSet  aB  expended  (in  round  num- 
berB“  There  remains  therefore'-  still  in  my  hands-  five- 
hundred  peseta®  out  of  which.  T  shall  pay  Mr;.  Pelligero 
for  his  professional  services.  He  says-  that  it  will  take 
about  a  weekr  or  tan  days-  to  get- the  patent  issued.  Tf  it 
looks  likely  that  T  shall  remain  here  for  that  time  I  will 
wait  and  pay  him  then..  If  not  I  shall  pay  him  bef  ore  I 
go,  aa  he*  is  a  gentleman  and  will  accomplish  the  work  he 
has  undertaken.- without  fail.  I  hope  George  will,  not  be 
carried  away  by  the  current  of  excitement  which  seems  to 
be  in  control^  in  the  United  States.  Tt  is  clearly  his 
duty  to  stick  by  his  mother  and  his  sisters  as.  long 
ia  necessary  for  me  to  be  in  active  service.  They  are  the 
moat  ,  dependant-  people  in  the  world  in  spite  of  what  the 
appearance  a  may  be,^  and  if  bereft  of  both  of  us  Ido  not 
know  wh&fr  will  become  of  them.  Matters,  look  very  dark 
here  Just  now.  It  seems  as  if  the  Spanish  Cabinet  had:  gone 
as*  far  as  they  possibly  could  In  the- way  of  cones ss.ions- 
tod  avoid  a  revolution  here  in  Spain*  The  granting  of  the 
armistice  has  created  great  discontent  which  is  only  kept 
under^ apparent ly v$y  tha  promise  that,  the:  rebels  in  Cuba 
may  be  more  easily  induced  to  lay  down  their  armsv 
Always  yours  „ 

Madrid , 


,  April  14, 

Dear  Dick:- 

Owing  to  the  act  ion  . of  Congress  yesterday  it 
has  seemed  to  me  most  probable  that  I  will  have  to  leave 
at  any  minute.  I  have  therefore  sent  for  Mr.  Pelligero 
and  have  paid  him  his  fee  of  30&  pesetas,  the.  receipt  for 
which  I  enclose.  As  T  wrote  yesterday  there  was  still  due 
you  on  account  500  pesetas.  X  have  gone  to  some  little 
expense  in  the  way  of  messengers  and  cabs  which  will  be 
covered  by  about  25  pesetas.  There  is  due  you  therefore 
on  a/c  “175  pesetas  which  at  the  rate  of  exchange  to-day 
is  equal  to  about  24  dollars.  This  I  shall  hand  to  Mr. 
Brandon  in  Paris  when  I  go  there  unless  in  the  meantime 
you  give  me  some  other  directions.  My  address  is  always 
c/o  B.  P.  Stevens,  4  Trafalgar  Sq. ,  London,  V.C. 

Affectionately  yours. 

Jr.  (Wit.  ^ 

]/f„  22.  April  MV  | 




Passugo  Scholvlcn  8. 

BIQchor-Strasso  8. 

Orange  N.  Y. 




'Mittlore  Handelsrolho  No, 


Ryosgado  105. 


Stora  Nygatan  85. 


?rins  Hondrik-Kado  11 

My  dear  Edison 

Your  patents  in  Germany  have  been  properly  transla¬ 
ted  and  duly  entered  in  the  German  Patent  Office  on 
April  12.,  the  date  prescribed  by  Mr.  Dyer.  They  have 
been  placed  in  the  hands  of  the  foremost  patent  attorney 
in  Berlin.  He  assured  me  that  he  has  never  met  such 
ingenious  and  complete  construction  and  that  the 
specifications  bewildered  him  by  their  originality  of 
conception. ,4s  is  well  known  to  you,  the  German  patent 
office  exercises  the  most  stringent  examination  as  to 


original! ty^that  r;o  much  weight  and  value  is  to  be 
attributed  to  a  German  patent,  as  it  conveys  particular 

strength  to  patents  taken  on  the  same  subject  in  other 

8 EJ^GMANN  &.  Co.  Jlct.-Ges.,  Berlin  N.,  Hennigsdorfer  Str.  33-34-35. 



countries.  As  suggested  Toy  me  the  translation  was  made  by  Seubel,  who 
is  thoroughly  conversant  with  all  the  technical  terms  necessary  to 
make  such  a  translation  and  you  may  feel  assured  that  this  time  your 
interests  in  the  German  patents  have  been  fully  taken 
care  of  and  will  in  time  bring  about  good  results. 

I  expect  to  meet  Mr.  Dick  within  a  short  time  and  we  can  then 
report  to  you  more  fully. 

I  am  quite  busy  getting  my  new  factory  here  in  shape,  which  is 
very  promising.  I  hope  to  get  the  first  response  from  the  Patent  office 
within  the  near  fflture,  so  I  feel  safe  to  opening  negociations,  in 
conjunction  with  Dick  regarding  our  mutual  enterprise  in  Germany. 

Hoping  that  you, Mrs.  Edison  and  the  children  are  enjoying  good 
health,  I  remain  with  kindest  regards 

•  y^/rA/s/v/,  L  C/'-yry, 

■  .$///!/</ 'fit/MJn/, 


'■'//,„■  May  5, 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
Orange,  H.J. 

Pear  Sir;- 

V/e  bee  to  enclose  herewith  bills  /of  complaint  against 
McAllister.  Please  sign  each  of  these  ip  two  places  as  indi¬ 
cated  in  pencil,  and  see  that  Randolph  o/fixes  his  seal.  Af¬ 
ter  this,  if  you  will  return  the  bills/ to  us,  we  will  promptly 
file  them.  We  wish  to  proceed  against  McAllister  at  once. 

He  has  not  only  been  selling  infringing  films,  but  has  been 
cutting  the  price  of  Edison  films.  fit  seems  probable  that  we 
can  make  out  a  case  of  infringement  jby  the  sale  of  Lubin  ap¬ 
paratus,  and  thus  practically  bring  Lubin  into  this  Jurisdic¬ 

(Enclosures) . 


Estab'1  1850 


,  :'>!).  If  no  do  Vrovonco 

6  May  1898. 

Mr  Gonzalo  Pelligero, 
1  Padilla, 


Dear  Sir, 

Acting  upon  instructions  received  from  his  brother, 

Mr  Richard  N.  Dyer,  Lieut.  George. L  Dyer  gave:  you. instruc¬ 
tions  lately  to  attend  to  the  filing  of  6  Spanish  applications 
in  the  name  of  Mr  Thomas  A.  Edison.  These  applications 
were  filed  by  you  on  the  12th  of  April  last  as  we  were  in¬ 
formed  by  Lieut.  G.  L.  Dyer  who' called  on  us  a  few  days  ago 
on  his  way  back  to  the  United  States. 

tfe  are  to-day  in  receipt  of  a  letter  from  Mr  Richard 
N.  Dyer,  in  which  he  says  that  the  state  of  war  at  present 
existing  between  Spain  and  the  United  States  renders  it  im¬ 
possible,  by  the  stoppage  of  the  mails,  for  him  to  corres¬ 
pond  direct  with  you  and  he  wishes  us  to  correspond  with 
you  direct  and  to  request  you  to  send  the  certificates  of 
filing  to  us,  in  order  that  we  may  send  them  on  to  him. 

Until,  you  are  able  to  correspond  direct  with  Mr  R.  U. 

Dyer  with  safety,  will  you  please  let  your  correspondence 
pass  through  us.  Thetfe  are  the  instructions  which  we  have 
received  from  Mr  R.  N.  Dyer. 

We  are, 

Yours  truly, 


IMiingor  Strasso  18. 


Luguston- Strasso  10. 


VI.  Dilrorgasso  22. 


14  Hue  <lo  Saintoago. 
Slid -Strasso  43. 

St.  Petersburg 

;r.  Stallhofstrasso  9. 


My  dear  Edison, 

I  enclose  copy  of  a  letter  mailed  to  day  to 
Rich.  N.  Dyer  of  which  please  take  note. 

Very  truly  yours 



ia  Fatolionofratolli  IS. 


llyosgado  105. 


Stora  Nygatan  85. 


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Richard  N  ,  Dyer  Esq, 

as  you  will  see  from  the  enclosed  copy  of  my  letter 
to  Mr.  Edison,  we  are  being  thrown  out  of  the  German 
Patent  office  on  account  of  previous  publication  of 
Edisons  Ore  Milling  System  in  the  Iron  Age  and  Scienti¬ 
fic  American.  We  have'  three  months  time,  till  Aug.  20., 

I  also  received  to  day  a  notification  from  the 
patent  office,  concerning  case  E,  the  briquetting  machi¬ 
ne,  against  which  the  following  U.  S.  Patents  are  said 
to  be  interfering: 

No.  206771  -  222902  -  232769. 

S'.  B  El^GMANN  &  Co.  Act.-Ges.,  Berlin  N„  Hennigsdorfer  Str.  33-34-35. 



You  will  kindly  procure  copies  of  these  patents  and  send  me  a  set 
of  them,  also  please  look  into  them,  to  ascertain  how  far  they  are  in 
the  way  of  the  Edison  application.  The  time  granted  is  only  one  month 
/till  June  27/.  hut  I  have  at  once  applied  for  3  months  time  which  no 
doubt  will  he  granted. 

The  patent  office  document  also  points  out,  that  the  description 
contains  a  number  of  incohorent  parts  well  known  from  other  briquette 
presses  with  rotating  forming  drums,  which  cannot  he  brought  together 
to  form  a  new  and  self contained  invention. 

You  will  please  give  us  full  information  as  to  how  to  answer  the 
objections  of  the  patent  office,  and  to  reconstruct  the  description  and 
the  claims  to  such  an  extend  as  to  show  up  the  absolutely  novel  featu¬ 

Please  give  this  matter  your  immediate  attention. 

Very  truly  yours 

patent  applications  on  your  ore  milling  system  were 
entered  in  the  German  patent  office  in  due  time. 

I  am  now  in  receipt  of  a  notification  from  the 

German  patent  office  that  your  applications  to  a  very 

Budapest  large  extend  are  anticipated  hy  the  publications  made  in 

VI.  Podmnnitzkygasse  2. 

,„t,,Br?ssel  ,  the  “Iron  Age",  the  Scientific  American  Ho.  4  of  Jan. 22 

18  Placo  do  Brouckero.  * 

St.  Petersburg 
gr.  Stallhofstrasso  9. 


ttloro  Handolfiroiho  No.  1 


llyosgado  105. 


Stora  Nygatan  35. 

and  a  German  Periodical  named  "Stahl  &  Eisen"  1898  page 
133  -  138. 

The  German  Patent  office  states,  that  there  is 
nothing  novel  in  your  applications  outside  of  the  facts 
published  in  the  above  cited  papers. 

You  are  requested  by  the  Patent  office  to  hand  in 
within  three  months  new  descriptions  and  drawings  bearing 
on  concrete  and  essentially  novel  features,  that  have 


S.  B  E 2^G M A N N  &  Co.  Jlct.-Ges.,  ‘Berlin  N„  Hennigsdorfer  Str.  33-34-35. 



not  been  published  in  the  above  papers. 

The  objection  of  the  Patent  office  is  directed  against  case  A 
containing  a  general  description  of  the  system  as  crushing  of  the  rock, 
the  pulverizing,  sifting  drying,  separating,  mixing  and  bricketting, 
as  far  as  these  papers  have  shown  it. 

Your  reply  must  be  in  the  hands  of  the  Patent  office  by  August 
20,  so  I  should  have  it  here  at  least  two  weeks  ahead  to  be  able  to 
have  it  translated  and  put  in  proper  shape  in  good  time. 

I  cannot  understand,  why  such  things  do  happen  after  you  had 
similar  experiences  with  other  cases  on  former  occasions. 

Dyer  and  Seeley  should  know  the  German  Patent  law,  that  any  prior 
publication  anticipates  your  patent  application. 

Please  have  this  matter  looked  into  at  once  and  oblige 


I  enclose  for  Mr.  Dyers  guidance  copy  of  the  original  text  of 
the  communication  from  the  German  Patent  office. 

I  have  ascertained,  that  the  German  Periodical  " Stahl  &  Eisen" 
only  brought  extracts  from  Iron  Age. 


Kaiserliches  Patentamt 

Berlin,  N.W.  6., den  13.  Mai  1898. 
Iiuisenstrasse  32/34. 

E.5887  IIl/l. 

Die  Friifung  Ihrer  am  12.  April  d.  J.  eingegangenen  Patentanmeldung, 
betreffend  Verfahren  und  Einrichtung  zur  Aufbereitung  und  Brikettirung 
magnetischer  Eisenerze,  hat  ergeben: 

Die  Unterlagen  lassen  nicht  erkennen,  was  an  dem  Gegenstande  der 

Anmeldung  neu  sein  soil  gegenUber  den  vorveraffentlichten  Mittheilungen 
iiber  das  Edison Vche  magnetische  Aufbereitungsverfahren;  vergl. 

Stahl  &  Eisen  1898,  S.  133  -  138  Iron  Age  vom  28.  October  1897, 
Scientific  American  1898  Nr.  4  S.  55  ff. 

Gegebenenfalls  sind  innerhalb  dreier  Monate  neue  Unterlagen  einzu- 

reichen,  die  sich  auf  einen  einheitlichen,  wesentlich  neuen  Gegenstand 
beschranken,  wobei  zweckmassig  auf  die  genannten  Veroffentlichungen 
hinzuweisen  sein  wtrd. 



Kaiserliches  Patentamt 

B. 5883  IV/feO  a. 

Berlin  N.W.6,den  20.  Mai  1898. 
Luisenstr.  32/34. 

Die  PrUfung  Ihrer  am  12. 'April  1898  eingegangenen  Pat ent-Anmel dung, 
betreffend  eine  Brikettmaschine,  hat  Polgendes  ergeben: 

Pressen  der  in  den  beiden  Patentanspriichen  gekennzeichneten  Art 
sind  ganz  gebrfiuchlich  -  vergl.  die  amerikanischen  Patentschriften 
206771,  222902  und  232769.  Die  vorgelegten  Anspruche  kannen  daher 
nicht  gew&hrt  werden. 

Die  Anmeldung  enthait  Uberhaupt  verschiedene  Einrichtungen  'an  den 
allgemein  bekannten  Pressen  mit  rotirenden  Pormtrommeln,  welche  in 
einem  inneren  Zusammenhang,  der  die  Einheitlichkeit  der  Erfindung  zu 
begriinden  vermochte,  unter  einander  nicht  stehen. 

Sie  wo lien  daher  mit  Rucksicht  auf  Satz  2  des  §  20  des  Patentge- 
setzes  i  n  n  e  r  h  a  1  b  e  i  n  e  s  M  o  n  a  t  s  neue  Unterlagen 
einreichen,  welche  auf  eine  der  verschiedenen  Einrichtungen  beschrfinkt 
sind..  Bei  Ausarbeitung  der  neuen  Unterlagen  sind  die  angefuhrten  Patent- 
schriften  zu  beriicksichtigen. 

Eine  Beschreibung  und  die  HauptzeichnUhgen  werden  zur  Benutzung 


Herrn  Thomas  Alva  Edison 
in  Llewellyn  Park 
Arch  Herrn  P.  c.  Glaser/. 

Kaiserliches  Patentamt,  Anmeldeabtheilung  IT. 
Der  VorprUfer  fur  Klasse  80a. 

Kaiserliches  Patentamt. 

Prist  lSuft.  ab  am: 
27.  Juni 


Madrid  the 

Messrs.  Brandon  and  Sons 

Dear  Sirs:  - 

I  have  the  pleasure  to  accuse  you  reception  of  your  favours 
of  6  and  Z3ra  May,  and  the  reason  why  I  did  not  answer  before, was, 
that  I  wanted  to  send  you  at  same  time  the  titles  of  the  6  patents 
you  asked  me  for  M.  T.  A.  Edison. 

The  circumstances  of  the  politic,  change  of  Minister  and  of 
the  personal  have  retained  the  despatch,  and  they  tell  me  to-day 
that  I  shall  only  have  them  on  the  12 1 111  inst.  As  soon  as  I  rocieve 
them,  I  shall  send  them  to  you  directly  by  parcel  certificated. 

Mean  while,  I  am  happy  to  say  that  your  despatch  does  not  of¬ 
fer  any  difficulty  whatever. 

I  remain,  Dear  Sirs, 

Yours  very  truly, 

June  30,  1096. 

Sigmund  B&rgnann,, 

Nos.  33-30  Honnigsdorfer-Strassc , 
Berlin  N. ,  Germany. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Xn  accordance  wish  your  favor  of  the  2nd  Inst.,  advis¬ 
ing  me  of  the  rejection  of  the  Edison  applications  on  ore  mill¬ 
ing  apparatus  by  the  German  Patent  Office,  I  have  taken  up  the 
cases  with  care,  in  view  of  the  Official  actions,  arid  have 
prepared  memoranda  for  use  by  your  agent  in  answering  these 
objections.  Under  separate  cover,  registered,  I  beg  to  send 
you  my  memoranda,  which  I  have  divided  into  three  papers,  the 
first  relating  to  Case  A,  the  second  to  Oases  B,  C,  I)  and  F,  and 
the  third  to  Case  E.  I  also  send  you  for  your  use  carbon  cop¬ 
ies  of  those  papers. 

In  accordance  with  your  request,  I  have  ordered  and  bag 
to  send  you  copies  of  the  United  States  patents  to  Caldwell  No. 
200,771,  to  nege  No.  222,902,  and  to  Smith  and  Glaze  No .  232,769, 
which  have  been  cited  against  the  Edison  case  E  on  bricking 
machines.  I  think  my  notes  show  that  the  descriptions  on 
which  the  German  Office  relies  are  insufficient  as  anticipations. 
Such  descriptions  would  certainly  be  insufficient  under  our 

(S.  B.,  2) 

practice,  since  they  arc  not  full  and.  concise  enough  to  enable 
any  ono  skilled  in  the  art  to  carry  the  inventions  into  effect, 
and  as  I  am  tinder  the  belief  that  the  same  rule  or  test  of  suf¬ 
ficiency  applies  in  normany,  I  should  imagine  that  when  the 
attention  of  the  Office  has  been  directed  to  the  points  to 
which  I  have  referred,  the  refer ono os  will  b«  withdrawn. 

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J  09 

1898.  Phonograph  -  General  (D-98-24) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
commercial  and  technical  development  of  the  phonograph.  The  documents 
pertain  primarily  to  business  relations  among  the  various  Edison  phonograph 
companies,  foreign  sales  by  the  United  States  Phonograph  Co.,  and  litigation 
involving  the  legal  firm  of  Hayes  and  Lambert.  Included  are  comparative 
sales  statements  for  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works  and  the  National 
Phonograph  Co.  for  the  years  1896-1897  and  a  10-page  memorandum  in 
Edison’s  hand  regarding  relations  between  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works  and 
the  Edison  United  Phonograph  Co. 

All  the  documents  have  been  filmed  except  for  duplicate  copies  of 
selected  items. 

-J.aiu — 19.,._189  8.._  / 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Mr.  Ely  called  me  up  several  days  ago,  asking  for 
certain  information  regarding  our  business,  and  particularly  as  to  how 
we  intended  to  take  care  of  bond  interest  and  at  the  same  time  liqui¬ 
date  the  payments  we  would  be  called  upon  to  make  from  time  to  time  on 
the  $20,000  mortgage,  and  subsequently,  towards  liquidating  the  princi¬ 
pal  of  the  bonds  when  they  became  due.  You  will  remember  that  the 
statement  gotten  out  for  you  did  not  show  sufficient  profits  to  warrant 
taking  care  of  the  interest  on  the  mortgage  of  the  Works‘'<er^'the  bonds. 

I  have  sent  him  a  comparative  statement  of  sales,  a  copy  of  which  I 
attach  hereto  for  your  information.  I  also  enclose  a  copy  of  the  letter 
that  I  have  written  him  on  the  subject,  which  I  trust  meets  with  your 
approval.  I  also  attach  hereto  a  statement  showing  the  comparative 
sales  of  the  National  Phonograph  Co.  You  will  remember  that  the  sell¬ 
ing  end  of  the  business  was  taken  over  by  us  beginning  October  1897, 
and  the  results  for  the  months  of  October,  November  and  December  show 
for  themselves.  I  told  you  that  the  sales  for  December  were  over 

for  themselves.  I  told  you  that  the  sail 
$33,000,  and  subsequent  credits  that  were 

reduced  the  amount  to 

the  figures  shown,  which  is- practically  the  figure,?  that  I  stated  to  you. 

I  presume^  that-  you  would  like  these  papers,  as  you  may  be  called 
upon  at  any  time  for  further  information,  and  I  'think  that  this  will 
enable  you  to  answer  any  further  questions  that  are  brought  up.  If  you 
desire  any  additional  copies,  let  me  know.  I  have  given  Mallory  a  copy 



for  his  information.  I  am  not  sanding  the  statement  of  the  National 
Phonograph  Co.  to  anybody,  simply  giving  thda  the  statement  of  the 
Phonograph  Works.  If  you  think  it  advisable  that  I  al3o  send  them  a 
statement  of  the  National  Phonograph  Co.,  let  me  know. 

Yours  very  truly. 


C  A 


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C.  H.  Ely,  Esq., 

c/o  Second  national  Bank, 

Orange,  IT.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  attach  hereto  statement  showing  our  comparative  sales  for 
1096  and  1897,  for  the  ton  months  ending  Deo.  31st,  which  will  show  you 
the  business  we  are  doing.  Up  to  and  including  Sept.  30th,  1897,  tho 
selling  ond  of  our  business  was  handled  through  a  General  Sales  Agont. 

The  results  wore  not  satisfactory  to  either  Mr.  Edison  or  our selves, 
and  consequently,  tho  relations  were  severed  and  tho  selling  end'  token 
up  and  looked  after  by  ourselves.  The  effect  of  this  is  in  the 
increased  sales  for  October,  November  and  Dooembor,  1897.  our  busi¬ 
ness  is  increasing  very  rapidly;  in  fact,  so  much  so  that  we  are  not 
in  a  position  at  tho  present  time  to  fill  orders  as  fast  as  they  are 
received,  being  very  considerably  bohind.  I  feel  certain  that  the  • 
sales  for  January,  1898,  will  oxcood  those  of  last  month,  and  tho  out¬ 
look  for  business  is  extremely  good,  as  our  inquiries  are  very  numerous 
indeed,  and  actual  orders  coming  in  daily  go  far  beyond  anything  that 
wo  had  expected. 

.As  I  stated  to  you  over'  tho  telephone,  Mr.  Edison  owns  a  controlling 
interest  in  tho  stock  of  this  concern,  and  also  that  of  the  National 
Phonograph  Co.,  which  was  organized  for  the  purpose  of  taking  over  the 
selling  ond  of  tho  phonograph  businoss  in  tho  United  States  and  Canada, 
heretofore  owned  and  controlled  by  the  North  American. Phonograph  Co., 
which  went  into,  the  hands  of  a  Reoeiver  in  1894.  Tho  Receiver,  however, 


C  .II. E. 

— : _ 


has  nothing  whatever  to  do  now  with  the  selling  end  of  tho  business, 
thin  being  owned  and  controlled  absolutely  by  tho  national  Phonograph 
Co.,  all  sales  being  handled  from  this  offioo. 

Trusting  that  this  information  is  what  you  desire,  ar.d  asking  that 
if  you  desire  anything  fir  ther  you  will  kindly  lot  me  know,  I  am, 

Yours  vory  truly, 



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ed  and  the  E.  p.  Works,  my  view  is  that  should  your  present 
negotiations  with  Mr.  Searles  fall  through  and  should  he  demand 
that  the  Works  should  manufacture  under  the  contract,  you  should 
refuse  to  manufacture  under  the  contract,  and  should  at  once 
bring  suit  to  cancel  the  contract.  .  In  order  to  put  the  matter 
in  the  best  shape,  I  would  advise  that  if  the  United  makes  a 
demand  for  manufacture  under  the  contract,  the  Works  should  re¬ 
quest  it  to  put  the  demand  in  writing  and  to  state  the  foreign 
countries  it  wants  the  machines  manufactured  for.  If  the  ma¬ 
chines  are  for  England  or  Germany,  I  think  the  refusal  woiild  be 
good  if  based  on  the  fact  that  the  Works  has  transferred  its 
manufacturing  rights  for  England  and  Germany.  But  anyway, 
when  you  reach  this  point,  if  you  do,  the  matter  will  be  in 

position  where  the  correspondence  should  be  subjected  to  legal 
supervision.  As  to  your  right  to  have  the  contract  cancelled, 
I  think  that  is  reasonably  clear,  because  the  scheme  which  the 
contract  was  expected  to  establish  was  one  designed  to  give  the 
Works  the  monopoly  of  the  manufacture  of  phonographs  and  graph- 
ophones  for  the  foreign  market,  and  through  the  neglect  of  the 

(T.  A.  E. ,  2) 

United  the  scheme  has  wholly  Tailed.  Hence,  it  is  inequitable 
that  the  Works  should  be  held  down  to  a  covenant  not  to  manu¬ 
facture  for  use  or  sale  in  foreign  countries  except  on  orders 
of  the  United,  when  the  United  has  allowed  the  business  to 
drift  into  the  hands  of  infringers.  Under  the  contract  bet¬ 
ween  the  United  and  the  Works,  if  the  Works  fails  to  meet  the 
orders  of  the  United,  the  remedy  of  the  United  is  to  have  the 
machines  manufactured  elsewhere.  Its  remedy  is  not  for  dam¬ 
ages  against  the  Works;  and  even  if  you  should  fail  in  secur¬ 
ing  the  cancellation  Of  the  contract,  I  do  not  see  how  the 
damages  could  bB  heavy,  if  anything  at  all. 

With  regard  to  the  metropolitan  situation,  I  had  an¬ 
other  long  talk  with  the  Committee  of  the  N.  Y.  P.  Co.  yes¬ 
terday.  I  put  your  views  to  the  Committee,  and  also  told  them 
that  it  was  my  view  that  their  contract  with  the  N.  A.  P.  Co. 
amounted  only  to  a  territorial  agency,  which  necessarily  ter¬ 
minated  with  the  business  of  the  N.  A.  P.  Co.  The  more  I  re¬ 
flect  on  this  subject,  the  firmer  is  my  conviction  that  that  is 
the  true  meaning  of  the  contract.  Take  the  graphophone  side, 
for  instance; —  The  sub-company  contract  pretends  to  give  as 
much  rights  under  the  graphophone  patents  as  under  the  phono¬ 
graph  patents.  The  contract  between  the  Graphophone  Company 
and  Lippiricott, which  was  the  foundation  of  the  N.  A.  P.  Co. 
rights,  was  simply:a  selling. contract,  making  Lippincott  the 
sole  selling  agent  of  the  Graphophone  Co.  and  suggesting  very 

generally  that  lippincott  might  make  his  sales  through  sub-  or 
territorial  agents.  In  the  ease  of  the  phonograph  patents, 
the  N.  A.  P.  Co.  did  not  have  the  title  to  the  patents  which 
are  stated  in  the  local  company  contracts;  that  title  was  in 
the  Edison  Phonograph  Co.,  of  which  the  N.  A.  P.  Co.  was  only 
a  stockholder.  The  N.  A.  P.  Co.  had  the,  right  to  phonograph 
inventions  made  after  August  1,  1888';  and  such  patents  as  might 
be  granted  on  them,  but  these  are  treated  in  the  sub-company 
contract  in  the  same  way  as  the  earlier  patents,  as  to  which 
the  N.  A.  P.  Co.  had  no  title.  The'N.  Y.  P.  Co.  will  probably 
eventually  bring  some  sort  of  a  suit  to  establish  its  contract 
rights.  My  effort  has  been  to  direct  the  matter  so  that  such 
a  suit  will  be  brought  against  the  Graphophone  Co.,  and  in  the 
event  it  is  successful  you  will  have  a  selling  arrangement  with 
the  N.  Y.  P.  Co.  Ho wever,  the  disturbance  to  the  business  of 
the  National  Co.  might  be  so  serious  from  the  establishment  of 
the  N.  Y.  P.  Co.  rights  (which  would  probably  be  followed  by 
the  establishment  of  the  rights  of  other  local  companies),  that 
I  think  you  should  not  aid  the  N.  Y,  P.  Co.  in  any  way  to  es¬ 
tablish  its  contract. 



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NEW  YORK,- ...August  24thr  -1898.  -189 

Mr.  J.  8.  Scheme  rhorti  Assistant  Mng.  , 

The  National  Phonograph  Co.  ,r 
Orange,  N. <T. 

Dear  Sir,-  1  was  informed  this  morning' that tW.  Merrill  of 
110  Vail  St.,  New  York,  is  engaged  in  a  contraband  phonograph  business^ 
agreeing  to  supply  any  type  of  Edison:' machine  desired,  which,  he  states-* 
he  make  himself.  I  am  also  informed  that  this  party  sold  to  a  dealer 
by  the  name  of  Oxeriheira,  Halsey  St.,  Brooklyn,  a  Home  phonograph  body, 
and  the  informer  adviseime  they  were  offered  to  him.  1  would  not  be 
surprised  if  there  was  something  in  this  matter  as  the  fir6t  named  party 
hobnobs  with  a  certain  Philadelphia  concern  and  that  may  account  for  some 
of  the  machines  being  sold  by  our  chief  competitors. 

If  you  think  the  matter. ‘important  enough  my  informant  volunteers 
to  purchase  either 'of  the  Brooklyn  c  aicern  or  negotiate  with  the  New 
York  concern  for  any  apparatus  you  might  desire. 

The  above  are  the  facts  as  given. to  me,  and,  of  course,  I 
cannot  vouch  for  the  authenticity.  If  I  can  be  of  any  service  in  .the 

Howard  F.  Hayes  Esq., 

•765  Broad  Street, 

Newark,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  letter  of  Nov. 1st  touch¬ 
ing  the  litigation  of  the  United  States  Phonograph  Co  with  the  American 
Sraphophone  Co  in  the  matter  of  duplicating  phonograph  records. 

I  have  been  entirely  out  of  the  business  for  three  or  four 
years,  and  can  recall  very  little  of  the' work  which  we  did  in  this  line. 
I  have  not  a  copy  of  Mr. fainter’ s  patent  No. 341, 28?  taken  out  in  1.886 
and  consequently  cannot  submit  the  same  to  the  'workmen  who  were  asso¬ 
ciated  with  us  and  who  are  still  with  me  in  our  Telephone  shops.  I 
feel  confident, however, that  the  early  date  of  the  Tainter  patent  is 
prior  to  any  experiments  which  wo  could  have  made  in^this  ldne'TN 


ISerlinep  ©pamophone  (Bompaqg, 

1023  TWELFTH  STREET,  N.  W. 

Washington,  d.  c„ - No-v-embe-r— 1-Sth - 1893. 

Judge  Howard:  W.  Hayes, 

705  Broad  Street,  Newark,  N.  J. 

Dear  Judge  Hayes, 

I  have  yours  of  the  11th  Inst.,  and  will  be  glad  to  be 
here  at  the  Laboratory  next  Tuesday  afternoon  to  receive  you. 


ISerliner  ©ramophone  ©ompapp, 

1023  TWELFTH  STREET,  N.  W. 

Washington,  d.  c„ - No-V-ambei—L&th — ise  8 

Judge  Howard  W.  Hayes, 

705  Broad  Street ,  Newark,  N.  J. 

Dear  Judge  Hayes, 

I  have  studied  the  deposition  of  Mr.  English  all 
'through  and  I  have  studied  the  patent  carefully. 

When  you  try  a  machine  built  as  well  as  you  know  how  and 
you  use  for  record  tablet  a  thick  wax  disc  carefully  planed  off 
and  for  a  master  a  hard  substance,  like  a  copper  electrotype  then 
you  may  possibly  so  it  appears  to  me , get  a  result  which  while  it 
is  not  commerciabpractical ’might  save  the  patent.  It  is  not  quite 
clear  to  me  whether  the  bar  211  would  not  set  up  in  practice  a 
Vibratory  motion  somewhat  independent  of  the  bar  213,  particually 
if  ap  iron  disc  is  used  which  as  a  matter  of  fact  is  elastic  in  the 
proportion  shown  in  the  drawing..  Otherwise  the  device  of  the  patent 
is  an  extremely  poor  and  inpractical'inaohine  and  I  -dbirH?  believe 
Taintor  put  it  in  simply  as  an  auxiliary  to  the  main  idea  of  a 
magnetic  record  and  afterwards  put  in  additional  claims  for  the 
broad  idea  of  mechanical  duplicating.. 

I  had  a  chat  with  Mr.  Lyons  regarding  my  testimony  and  he 

is  still  of  the  opinion  that  an,r  - 

ny  Question  other  than  relating  to 


IBerlinep  (Gramophone  (Sompapp, 

1023  TWELFTH  STREET,  N.  W. 

Washington,  d.  c.,_ - No_vambfl.r_l&, _ isb  8. 


facts  should  not  be  put  to  me  but  he  wants  to  reserve  his  final  de- 
cission  until  Mr.  3issing  comes  back  tomorrow. 

What  I  argued  in  the  beginning  of  this  letter  is  of  course 
merely  intended  to  put  you  on  your  guard  and  for  all  I  know  I  may 
be  wrong  in  m.v  assumption. 


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ISeplinep  (Spamophone  ©ompa^g, 

1023  TWELFTH  STREET,  N.  W. 

Washington  d.  o. _ nsnemhar  )gt _ tag  Q, 

Judge  Howard  W.  Hayes,' 

765  Broad  Street ,  Newark,  N.  J. 

Dear  Judge  Hayes, ' 

Our  lawyers  have  been  so  extremely  busy -preparing  for  the 
hearing  -tomorrow  that. I. have  not  been  able  to  get  from  them  definite 
advice  about  that  testimony  you  want.  Mr.  Lyons  said  this  morning, 
that  they  Would  much  prefer  to  have  a  talk  with  you  regarding  .it 
before  comingto  a  decision  and  I  must-  leave  it  to  you  to  arrange 
with  them  for  it. 

Will  you  please  return  to  me  the  Rosenthal  letters  which 
I  gave  you  when  you  were  here; 


Ubomas  H.  Ebfson’s  Ubomas  H.  Eblson’s 

mew  ©bonogtapb  ©rejecting  aancbinc 

©bonograpb  Supplies  JVMns  apparatus 

motors  anb  ©arts  IKInetoscopc 

©bonogtapb  Utecoras  ©tlglnal  Jflims 

Nos.  87  to  91  ORANGE  STREET 
NEWARK,  N.  J.  Tec.  0,  i' 

1898.  Phonograph  -  Edison  Phonograph  Works  (D-98-25) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works.  Included  are  a  lengthy  report 
regarding  the  history  and  financial  condition  of  the  company  and  specifications 
for  the  construction  of  a  new  factory  adjacent  to  the  West  Orange  laboratory. 

Less  than  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  Most  of  the 
unfilmed  documents  are  routine  work  estimates  for  construction  of  the  factory. 
Other  categories  not  filmed  include  routine  orders  by  the  Edison  Phonograph 
Works  for  equipment  and  supplies,  routine  orders  by  the  Edison  United 
Phonograph  Co.  for  phonographs  and  cylinders,  and  duplicate  copies  of 
selected  items. 

New  Jersey, and.  Pennsylvania  Concentrating  Works. 


Edison,  Sussex  Co.,  N.  J., 

Edison  Phonograph  Works,  Orange, if. -JV 
Capital  Stock  $6Q0, 000. 

Issue  of  $300,000.  5$  Sold’ -Mortgage-  Bonds,  interest  due 
August  2nd.  and  February  2nd.  Bohde  payable  $12, 000.  yearly, 
begining  August  2nd, 1903. 

Description  of.  Works  :  . 

The  Works  are  admirably ’situated  near  the 
Erie  R.  R.  in  West  Orange  on  level  ground,  a  conservative  valua¬ 
tion  of  the  land  being  $41,000.  The  supply-  of  suitable  labor  is 
ample,  the  Works  -  being  near  two  lines  of  Electric  Cars,  and  in 
settled  regions.  Adjoining  the,  Works  is  the  laboratory  of .  Thomas 
A.  Edison.  The  buildings  are  one  story,  the  tools  are-of-. the- best 
modern  types, -vand.  from>  the  best  makers,  none  being  older,  than  ten 
years.  The)  shop  is  well  adapted  for  turning  out  light  work  re¬ 
quiring  great  aeouraoy. 

Nature  of  Business: r 

ThC  Phonograph  Worke  own  the  sole  right  to- 
manufacture  phonographs  andaceas  series  for  the  entire  world  except 
Sermany  and  England-  The  ri^te  for.  these  countries  were'  sold  for 
$31, 319. 50>  in  oash,  Though5 “the"  Works  do :  not  oontrol'-  the-sale'  of- 
phonographs  f or.  Setinany  and  Englandi  r  the  Bdieon^Unitea. Phonograph 
Company,  who  control' these  Rights,  buy  of  the  Phonograph  Worke 
most  of  the  phonographs  solid  in  those  countries.  ThemSnufaCture 
of  phonograph  Cylinders  ie  now  a  large' and  steadily  increasing 
business.-  The  cylinders  manufactured  at  the  Orange  Works,  are  in 
universal  use  in  phonographs  all. over  the  worJtfU  In  addition  to 
manufacturing  phonographs,  the  Works  manufacture  under  a  favorable 
and  perpetual  contract,-  all  the  line  dating  and  numbering  ma<»ilnee 
sold  by  the  Bates  Manufacturing  O^cpany  throughout'  the  Worlds  The 
Works  also  manufacture  for  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Company,  fan 
motors,  ’  X  Ray  apparatus,  Kinetosoopes,  and  ten  different  kinds  of 
medical  apparatus,  also  ampere  meters,  battery  parts  and' other 
specialities  originated  by  Mr  Edison  from' time  to  time.  * 

New  Jersey  and  Pennsylvania  Concentrating  Works. 

ORANGE,  N.  J. 

Edison  Office  Telephone,  6  B  Dover,  N.  J. 
Orange  “  "  311  Orange. 

Edison,  SujjjgjEX  Co.,  N.  J., 

Manassiasnt : - 

Thomas  A.  Edison  is  President  of  the  Company,  he  holds 
a  majority  of  the  Stock.  Though  it  is  not  generally  known 
Mr  Edison  when  24  years  old  ,  owned  and  successfully  ran  Machine 
Shops  employing  225  men.  Since  then  he  has  been  constantly  a 
large  owner  of  Machine  Shops.  He  has  been  invariably  successful 
in  his  management  of  a  manufacturing  business.  He  gives  much  of 
his  time  td  the  improving  of  tools  and  methods  used  at  the 
Phonograph  Works,  making  no  charge  for  hie  seavioes.  Mr  W-  E.  Gil 
more,  formerly  Assistant  .Superintendent  of  the  Edison  Machine 
Works  at  Schenectady,  ie  a  thoroughly  competent  and  energetic 
manager.  The  shop  is  now  runing  to  advantage,  the  tools  being 
well  arranged  and  the  organization  oomplete. 

History  Bonds 

The  Works  started  ten  years  ago.  The  Capital 
Stook  not  proving  large  enough,  Mr  Edison  advanced  $421,000.  in 
cash  to  the  Works.  He  hafe  been  paid  interest  at  6%  on  his 
advances  and  $121,000.  bh  the  original.  He  held  demand  notes  of 
the  Works  on  August  2nd  1897  for  $300,000,  bearing  These/  he  ' 
exchanged  for  $300,000.  of  the  Bonds  of  the  Company  bearing  5^ 
interest.  .  •  '  . 

300  bonds  each  $1000.  paying  5%  per  annum  in 
gold,  interest  due  August  2nd  and  February  2nd.  The  principal 
and  interest  are  payable  without  any  deductions  for  National, 
State,  County  or  Municipal;  taxes,  The  payment  of  each,  and  all  of 
the  bonds  with  interest  is  equally  secured  without. preference, 
privity,  or  distinction  as  to  .the.lien  or.  otherwiee;.of  one  bond 
over  another.  The  Fidelity  Title  And  Beposit  Oongiahy  of  Newark  ie 
Trustee  for  the  Bond  Holders  under  the  mortgage,  \  9onds  may  be, 
registered,'  i  ,, 

Mortgage?"  ...  j -x, <:  v- 1  ’ 

The  mortgage  was.drawn  by  oflmpetent^lawyere  thoroughly 
to  protect  the  interest „of  theiBona^Holdere'-.  ^e.  Works.are.-given 
all  reasonable  freedom  to  oonduat  business,  *so.long  as  there  is 
no  impairment  . of  the  security  and. all. obligations  are  prepsrly 
met.  The  Works  are  to  eign  all  papers  .needed  to  make  mortgage 
cover  extensions,  the  Worke  to  keep  the  taxes  properly  .paid, Insur¬ 
ance  of  $250,000.  to  be  carried  and  looses  payable  to  holder  of 

New  Jersey  and  Pennsylvania  Concentrating  Works. 

ORANGE,  N.  J. 


Edison  Office  Telephone,  5  B  Dover,  N.  J. 
Oranqe  “  “  31 1  Orange. 

Edison,  Sussex  Co.,  N.  J.,  ■  • 


mortgage  and  Trustee  for  the  Bonds.  The  Works  are  also  to  keep  the 
buildings  in  good  repair.  In  case  interest  is  defaulted, or  any 
breach  of  mortgage  rune  for  over  six  months,  the  trustee  enters 
into  possession  and  runs  the  plant  for  the  behefit  of  the  Bond 
Holders.  In  case  any  default  for  one  year,  on  request  of  l/3  of 
the  Bond  Holders,  the  entire  ieeu»  of  Bonds  become  due  and  the 
trustee,  if  l/3  of  the  Bondholders  so  elect,  must  sell  the  property 
to  the  highest  bidder. 

The  Works  to  pay  §3,333.33  yearly  on  mortgage  of 
§20,000.  now  held  by  the  Mutual  life  Insurance  Company 

Assets  and  liabilities. Deo. 1st. 1897:- 

$  41,000.00  Real  Rotate 

110,391.09  Buildings  and  Fixtures 

&  267, 478.78  Machinery  and  Tools 

50,000.00  Materials,  Raw,  Finished  and  in  process 

'  '  of  manufacture.  • 

13*200.00  Bates  Stock 

t  /  11,134.77  Amount  due  from  Reoeivier  N.'  A.  p.  Co 

U  so,3i<(  "S  30,376.47  Accounts  receivable  {  All  Good) 

L,  5,897.11  Oaeh  on  hand 

-suabilities:-  [ 

•  a  •  ! 

Capital:. Stpffk;  §600,000.00 

Bonds  .and'  Mortgage  320,000.00 

K  '2^,  '2'j  —  Aeeotmt*  payable  17, 974. 63 

Cost  of  - Sales  including  Qeneral  expanse  and  DspreOlatlon.aleo _ _ 


Cost  Profit  sales 

§127,685.52  For  year  ending  Feb  28,1895  §49, 149. 65§176,835 .17 
§82,094.65.  >  Feb  29,1896  25,139.97107,234.62' 

§114,189.73  Feb  28,1897  21,781.74155,971.47 

The  estimated  profit  for  year  ending  Feb  28,1898  based  '  . 

on  business  of  year  to  December  let, 1897  ie§30,000.  The  extra 
profits  of  the  year  ending  February  28,1895  were  due  to  the  Af.^s 

liberal  prices  allowed  bjf  the  Bdleon  Manufacturing  Company  for 
manufacturing  KinetoscOpee.  .  &■ 

New  Jersey  and  Pennsylvania  Concentrating  Works. 

ORANGE,  N.  J. 

Edison,  Sussex  Co.,  N.  J., 

1896  1897  x C  m 

March  $11,218.36  $11,748.31  *  nl.Lv 

April  15,126.42  12,380.59  ^  /  7 

May  22,386,08  14,303.74 

June  15,853.61  17,180.71 

July  13,927.52  11,905.20 

August  10,002.01  11,968.11 

September  12,766.41  7,945.05 

October  9,193.34  13,381.61 

November  7,592.97  18,791.35 

2.  i  3  xy  m'/'rt 

About  October  l8t,1897  themanagement 

of  the  National  Phonograph  Company  wae  consolidated  with  the 
management  of  the  Phonograph  Works,  largely  increased  sales  have 
shown  the  wisdom  of  this  consolidation.  The  Works  are  now  vary 
busy  having  unfilled  orders  amounting  to  $60,578.  During  the  past 
year  marked  improvements  have  been  made  in  the  instruments  and 
the  new  models  are  very  popular. 

The  Works  do  a  cash  business  and  neither  take  nor  give 

Bonds  now  offered; - 
Bonds  numbered, 

Nos  49  to  60  inclusive  Due  August  .2,1907 

"  61  to  72  *  M  *  ■  *  1908 

"  73  to  84  "  «  "  "  19091. 

»  85  to  88  "  *  *  *  1910 

I  will  be  pleased  to  name  prices  or  give  any  further 
information  desired. 

laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 


New  Jersey. 



Orange ,  N.  J.  April  19th,  1898. 


Oat  prices  On  the  following  material  for  tha  aooount 
of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works,  delivered  at  the  Erie  R.  R,  Phono** 
graph  Works 

2o  thoaand  hard  red'  Jersey  briok. 

20  barrels  lime,  SO  cubic  yards  of  broken  stone,  suitable 
for  foundations,  120  pieces  blue  stone  caps  16*  x  16*  x  4*  «?<"• 

17  *  *  *  «  12*  x  12«  x  4*  _  V 

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Yours  very 

Orange,  N.  J.  April,  19th,  1898. 

Olmsted: - 

Please  get  prices  delivered  Via  Brie  Railroad  to 
Phonograph  Works, •  for  the  following  material. 


36  pieces  »  12 

x  12 


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.  8 

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240  * 

»  6 

x  8 

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30  » 

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X  6 

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x  6 

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4  » 

•  6 

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X  16* 






.  4 

x  8 

x  10' 




46  » 

•  6 

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630  " 

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x  12 

X  14* 




32  • 

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x  12 

x  20* 




36  ■ 

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5  ■ 

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6  « 


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160  " 

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All  of  the  above  to-be'of  first  class>quality  •; 

Yours  very  truly, 


0 ranee,  N.  J.  April  19th,  1898. 


Also  get  prices  on  26  thousand  square  feet  1 
,  \ 
hfemlook  planed  ones ide,  l^v thousand  square  feet  novelty  siding 

13  thousand  square  feet  2x6  x4 16'  matohed  spruce  flooring,  21 
thousand  square  feet  7/8  x^9  xJL6'  matohed  pine  ooiling  planed 
one  side, beaded  in  the  kiddle, ^11  thousand  square  jfeet  heavy 
rosin  sized  building  paper, 1^2600  square  feet  P. .&  B  Roofing,] 45 
windows  40  lights,  10  x  12  x  1-3/4;  4  .windows  12  lights9x  12  x  1-1/ 
Windows  complete  with  oords,  weights  and  frames4and  siUs  ,to  be 
used  with  wooden  building,  18  doors  3*  x  8' 

Ask  some  of  the  Orange  dealers,  as  wen  as  those  at 
Newark  and  Jersey  City,  particularly  ask  Conover  Brothers. 

Yours  very  traly, 

95  Milk  Street, 

Boston,  May  19,  1898. 

W.  B.  Gilmore,  Esq.,  Trustee,  /\  '  : .  ~'~$k 

o/o  Edison  Phonograph  Works,  i  ' •  ! 

Orange,  N.J.  r----  •  •  I 

I  •  ! 

Dear  sir:  :  ! 

Your  favor  of  18th  inBt  is  duly  received  with  enclosures 
as  stated,  and  I  am  obliged  for  the  check  for  our  people. 

I  return  herewith  the  $800.00  eheck,  duly  endorsed  by 
myself  as  Trustee,  and  the  receipt  of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Toy 
Mfg  Co.  for  the  $206.25,  whioh  latter  will  I  think  cover  our  posi¬ 
tion  all  right.  I  assume  that  you  will  take  a  similar  receipt 
for  the  $800.00. 

I  note  what  you  say  about  the  remainder  of  the  material, 
and  trust  that  an  outlet  for  it  may  appear  before  long. 

Very  truly  yours, 


Boston,  May  19,  1898. 

RECEIVED  OP  J .  W.  Mackintosh  and  W.  E.  Gilmore,  Trustees 
under  a  certain  Agreement  dated  November  20,  1895,  the  sum  of  Two 
hundred  and  Six  and  25/100  Dollars,  the  same  being  payment  in  full 
for  certain  insurance  paid  for  by  this  Contpany,  and  provided  to  be 
reimbursed  to  it  under  the  terms  of  said  Agreement  of  November  20, 

Edison  Phonograph  Toy  Manufacturing  Company, 





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Orange,  N.  J.,  May  19,  1898. 

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certain  Agreement  dated  November  20,  1895,  the  sum  of  Eight  Hundred 
Dollars  (§800.00),  the  same  being  payment  in  full  for  certain  insurance 
paid  for  by  this  Company,  and  provided  to  be  reimbursed  to  it  under  the 
terms  of  said  Agreement  of  November  20,  1895. 

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EaBoa  for  piers  to  be  of  concrete  of  the  following;  pro¬ 
portions,  one  part  Atlas  .cement,  three  parts  Sharp  sand,  5  parts 
clean  broken  stone.Oaps,  to  be  of  blue  stone  not  less  than  4»  thick 
All  work-  to  be  done  '  i  a  thproughworkma*1 1*'',  marine* '  »  d 
in  accordance  with  drawing  marked  A4  furnished  by  the  Kdison  Phono¬ 
graph  Worksnyand  subject  to  the  inanition  of  the  engineer  of  the 
owner, said  engineer  to  give  all  necessary  directions  as  to  dimen- 
aions  etc  and  his  judgement. of  the  quality  of  the  work  shall  bo 

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1898.  Phonograph  -  Edison  United  Phonograph  Company 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  of  the  Edison  United  Phonograph  Co.  Included  are  items  regarding 
the  company’s  financial  problems;  business  relations  with  the  Edison 
Phonograph  Works  and  with  inventor-manufacturers  Gianni  Bettini  and 
George  V.  Gress;  the  formation  of  the  Edison-Bell  Consolidated  Phonograph 
Co.,  Ltd.;  and  contractual  disputes  with  French  and  German  phonograph 
syndicates.  There  are  also  company  financial  statements.  Most  of  the  letters 
are  by  G.  N.  Morison,  secretary  of  the  company,  and  are  addressed  to  Stephen 
F.  Moriarty,  vice-president.  There  is  also  correspondence  by  Moriarty  and  by 
John  E.  Searles,  president  of  the  E.U.P.C. 

Approximately  60  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  Most  of 
the  items  not  filmed  are  letters  detailing  routine  daily  operations  of  the 
company.  Other  categories  of  documents  not  filmed  include  meeting 
announcements,  letters  of  transmittal  and  acknowledgement,  untranslated 
foreign-language  documents,  Moriarty’s  personal  correspondence,  and 
duplicate  copies  of  selected  items. 

S.E.Moriarty  Esq. 

London,  Eng. 

My  Dear  Sir: 

I  was  greatly  disappointed  to  receive  no  letter  by  the 
St  Louis  on  Saturday  confirming  your  cable  of  the  23rd.  ulto.  as  to 
the  completion  of  the  underwriting  and  the  organization  of  the  new  com¬ 

I  received  today  a  note  from  Seligman's  people  stating  that  they 
expeot  the  payment  in  full  on  the  6th,  inst.  of  the  amount  due  them  on 
that  day.  I  have  had  an  interview  with  them  and  they  state  that  the 
liquidation  of  their  relations  with  their  Paris  house  growing  out  of 
some  changes  in  partnership  necessitate  this  settlement.  X  have  cabled 
you  this  evening  to  this  effect  and  hope  to  hear  that  you  are  able  to 
make  a  remittance  of  at  least  sufficient  to  cover  their  claim,  otherwise 
the  situation  will  be  an  embarrassing  one. 

X  have  not  yet  been  able  to  prooure  the  information  desired  about 
the  German  patents  but  am  following  it  up  daily. 

Hoping  for  wire  and  mail  advioes  tomorrow  I  am 


Charing  Cross,  0.,  January  4,1898. 
Messrs.  Deutsche  Udison-Phono/n-aphen  Gesellschaft, 

Dear  Sirs:- 

Oologne,  Germany, 

Your  favor  of  the  24rd  December  is  received,  and  in 
answer  we  will  state  that  we  have  already  officially  informed  you 
that  under  no  circumstances  will  we  at  any  time  in  the  future  con¬ 
sider  any  change  in  your  contract  whatever,  "’n  have  gi van  you  ev¬ 
ery  opportunity  of  accepting  what  we  consider  a  fair  proposal,  and 
as  you  have  not  done  so  we  have  reverted  to  our  original  contract, 
and  repeat  officially  that  under  no  circumstances  will  we  even  con¬ 
sider  any  change  of  it  in  the  future,  so  that  all  discussion  of  it 
way  now  be  dropped. 

We  also  beg  to  notify  yom  in  relation  to  this  discussion 
of  the  patent  suits,  which  you  have  on  hand,  that  we  g*ve  you  a 
very  esyended  time  to  examine  these  patents  before  you  completed 
your  contract  with  us,  and  you  employed  expert  lawyers  and  patent 
experts  to  give  you  the  best  information,  and  after  a  most  careful 
and  thorough  examination  of  the  patents,  you  and  your  Board  of 
Directors  decided  to  purchase  from  us  those  patents, and  it  is  now 
incumbent  upon  you  to  protect  those  patents,  and  while  we  are  will¬ 
ing  to  give  you  every  possible  aid  in  relation  to  them,  we  cannot 
decide  these  questions  for  you,  as  they  must  be  decided  by  the 
German  Courts.  Our  belief  is  that  all  these  different  objections 
are  to  a  great  extent  frivolous,  and  as  we  have  already  given  you 

such  information  as  you  asked  for,  and  you  expressed  yourself 
satisfied  with  the  information  we  sent  you  in  relation <to  the 
polignal  recording  point,  wo  onnnot  see  that  we  can  aid  you  further 
in  this  matter,  except  by  our  wisheB’  that  you  may  he  successful, 
and  our  belief  that  you  will  be  successful  in  all  your  patent 
Buits,  as  have  been  the  Kdison-Bell  Co.  in  theirs. 

In  relation  to  the  last  clause  of  yoiu'  letter,  in  which 
you  again  refer  to  the  change  of  your  contract  with  us,  we  respect¬ 
fully  submit  that  this  question  is  now  closed,  and  wilfc  not  amain 
be  re-opened  by  us  under  any  circumstances,  and  wo  will  now  adhere 
to  a  striot  observance  of  the  original  contract  which  we  have  with 


Yours  truly, 

Stephen  P.  Moriarty, 

New  York,  January  18th,  1898. 

My  Dear  Mr.  Merlarty:-  PERSONAL. 

1  regret  that  wa  ware  not  able  to  get  a  quorum  TOr 
a  Board  Meeting  this  morning,  ao  that  we  were  obliged  to  have  the 
Power  of  Attorney  passed  by  the  ttxeoutive  Committee,  but  hope  thia 
will  be  aufflolent. 

I  had  a  amoother  trip  returning,  but  waa  very  miserable 
all  the  way  over,  notwithstanding  thia  however  I  worked  lard  for 
several  days  on  the  ship,  getting  the  miscellaneous  memoranda  af 
information  into  some  sort  of  tangible  shape 

I  re  oelved  a  note  from  Mr.  Searles  upon  landing  to  the 
effeet  that  he  had  to  go  to  Boston,  but  would  return  Sunday  morning 
but  to  call  him  up  on  the  phone  the  next  day,  and  he  wuld  let  mo 
knaa  at  what  time  1  could  see  him  oarly  on  Monday  morning,  l  there¬ 
fore  decided  that  this  would  not  suit,  and  wrote  him  asking  for  an 
appalntment  late  in  the  afternoon  or  evening,  and  sent  the  note, 
as  welft  as  yeur  letter  to  him,  to  hie  house  by  Cornelius,  whs 
notified  me  the  next  day,  Sunday,  that  Mr,  Searlea  would  lot  mo 
know  on  Monday. 

About  4:30  e'oloek,  Monday,  I  sailed  him  up  en  ths  phene, 
not  having  heard  from  him,  and  he  asked  me  to  seme  at  ones  to  hia 
of  flee  with  the  Contracts  and  papers,  as  he  wanted  to  look  them 
over  before  talking  with  me,  ao  I  made  up  ray  mind  to  go  down  and 
aot  as  circumstances  prompted  me. 

I  entered  aa  if  l  felt  aura  of  tha  sueoesa  of  the  business 

and  reassured  him,  although  he  first  wanted  to  know  when  we  oould 
get  the  money,'  and  made  an  appointment  fbr  eight  o'olook,  at  hia 
house  that  evening  Monday,  as  I  showed  him  how  useless  it  would  be 
to  commence  my  story  then.  I  however  first  showed  him  your  Cable 

™$,eF/*ine  d,)ba*/ 1  •und0r8t°?d  *V  ^ 

I  went  K  his  house  as  arranged,  and  opened  the  matter 
with  a  short  synopsis  of  events  without  referring  to  any  notes, 
to  whioh  he  listened  attentively  for  fifteen  or  twenty  minutes, 
and  I  produoed  a  good  impression  to  start  with,  an/ from  that  on, 
we  got  right  into  it,  and  I  was  obliged  to  meet  all  his  oritioiams 
of  everything,  the  Power,  and  the  Contract  attached,  line  by  line, 
but  after  over  three  hours  solid  talk,  I ,  left  him  ^really  enthused 
over  the  business.  , 

He  objected  tb  that  part  of  the  Agreement  which  relates 
to  Hough,  he  thought  there  might  be  a  law  suit  with  him,  whieh 
would  be  expensive,  however  1  explained  the  reasons  for  the  Hough 

After  the  Power,  we  discussed  the  Cash  and  Stook  allot¬ 

ment,  and  the  amount  which  would  probably  be  paid  to  the  under¬ 
writers,  whieh  latter  he  thought  very  excessive  indeed  and  eriti- 
eised  the  possibility,  or  perhaps  probability  of  our  not  getting 
one  -third  into  wit,  in:  the  sash,  ‘iUf^the 

Cash  of  47600.-,  howevevAthe  dlaeussion  was  finally  endsdy  and,  I 
felt  with  credit  to  myself. 

In  addition  I  urged  most  strongly,  several  thirig*, 


FIRST.  The  absolute  necessity  of  acquiring  the  Multiplex. 
SECOND.  The  getting  hold  of  the  Duplicator  Patents. 

THIRD.  The  Control  of  the  Works  output. 

FOURTH.  No.  2  Machine  must  go  abroad.until  the  new 
Company  is  formed. 

FIFTH.  A  satisfactory  Cable  te  you  at  ense,  whioh  I  sent, 
not  altogether  as  I  could  wish,  but  the  best  that  could  be  done,  as 
he  insisted  on  that  part  about  the  payments.  He  expressed  himself 
as  inolined  to  put  money  enough  into  the  business  ,  say  $25000.  te 
pay^loan  Edison  for  a  Contrast  for  control  ef  the  Edison  machines 
output,  and  with  a  view  to  controlling  the  National  Phonograph 
Company,  and  putting  a  good  man  at  the  head  of  it.  He  has  a  great 

l  tsrtj  a 

idea  of  Tewksbury  as  a  shre*dman,AI  said,  yes,  shrwdd  but  trisky. 

I  showed  him  how  the  Company  had  suffered  from  delays, 
and  by  not  putting  sufficient  money  into  the  business  te  make  it 
gs,'  and  urged  his  going  into  it  to  win  with  sufficient  capital-;  how 
you  oeuld  not  attend  te  urgent  business  for  want  of  money,  etc. 

He  was  approached  by  Dickinson  sera  time  age,  as  I  told 
ysu.and  he  wanted  Searles  to  buy  dut  Bettini  with  him,  ftar  both  the 
United  States  and  hiB  foreign  business  for  say  15000  te  #20000»*v^ 

®1V#  Di-kll,l‘#<*  •“  but  Mr  Searles  to  be 

■ny  for9lRn  buslMM'  Mr.  Searles  has 
seme  idea  of  this  still,  but  a  suggestion  is  not  a  realty,  and 
Bettini  has  nothing  mush  te  sell# 

I  will  again  put  him  in  comaunicatlon  with  Cress,  whs  I 
h~r  1.  no.  Wlw  M.  ..hln..,  ....  »,nM.lphl., 

instead  of  New  York. 


He  however  so  far  is  afraid  to  put  much  money  in  until 
the  English  business  is  a  little  further  along.  I  urged  his  plan- 
ing  an  order  at  onoe  with  Edison  for  10000  machine*,  but  he  says  he 
does  not  want  to  see  Edison  quite  yet,  he  wants  to  be  Ale  ts  make 
Edison  a  dec  isive  proposal,  and  to  be  able  to  plaee  large  orders 
with  him  say^that  10000  order,  and  some  assurance  of  others  to 
follow  soon  after.  1  tried  to  urge  action  at  ones,  and  to  show 
him  how  he  could  lose  nothing  by  giving  such  an  order  himself, 

rializ V ^ 

I  am  more  or  less  oonvinoed  howevei}  now;  that  Searles 
wants  to  take  it  up,  but  has  not  yet  quite  got^aek  bone  enough. 

Volkmann  after  several  attempts  managed  to  get  in  to  see 
him  on  Monday,  arid  wanted  Searles  to  alter  the  Contract;  ^that*  the 
Berman  Company  was  paying  too  mueh,  that  he  Volkmann,  cftuld  buy 
Maohinea  here  muoh  cheaper  than  you  quoted  and  he  had  a  mass  of 
letter#  sent  him  by  Stollwerok,  and  tried  to  present  his  ease. 

He  tried  to  make  a  point  on  that  part  i 

l  contract 

whieh  stipulates  that  they  need  pay  nothing  unless  they  aold  1250 
machines,  but  Mr.  Searlea  said,  you  have  sold  them,  and  therefore 
must  pay.  He  elfso  said  hia  territory  was  being  infringed,  ete., 
but  Mr.  Searlea  gave  him  no  satisfaction,  and  told  him  you  had 

I  showed  Mr  Searles  your  last  three  letters  ts  Stollwefck 
•nd  1  am  glad  I  had  them,  for  Mr.  Searles  approved  of  them,  arid 
said-Moriarty  has  got  his  fighting  clothes  on  now.*  I  relied  ... 


ho  has  Indeed,  and  he  ean  win  against  any  odda  or  words  to  thpt 

Seligman  &  Company,  demanded  of  Searles  on  .Tanuary  6th, 


Mr.  Sear lea  eaid  he  might  go  abroad  in  about  a  month,  and 
would  then  have  a  talk  with  Moriarty. 

I  spoke  of  Oouraud's  stock,  and  he  approved  of  getting  it 
if  possible.  I  will  try  to  see  what  can  be  done. 

Mr.  Moriarty,  we  must  sooner  or  later  own  the  whole 
business  or  at  present  endeavor  to  dear  the  field  of  all  others 
like  Bettini,  Kress,  and  also  control  Edison,  and  then  work  our 
territory  well,  with  a  view  to  ultimately, possibly  making  some 
combination  with  the  Graphophone.^  This  is  in  the  nature  of  a 
reflection  of  my  thounhts.  J/u  ^'"*'7 

^  I  insisted  on  the  contract  being  passed  without  a  word 
at  the  meeting,  and  without  showing  it  to  Hughes.  I  have  not 
shown  Mr.  Searles  the  wecond  oontract,  that  was  incomplete,  but 
gave  Mr.  Searles  a  kittle  memo  of  a  few  points  without  letting  him 
know  I  had  it,  so  I  hope  you  have  sent  me  the  completed  one. 

__ffhe_  time  of  30  days  for  delivery  after  receiving  order 

i.8  too  short.  The  phrase  of  Labor  &  Material,  plus  20#  is  not 
sufficiently  clear.  Does  that  mean  the  cost  the  Works  charge  us 
and  20*  additional,  I  take  it  it  does  not,  but  remember  Labor 
and  Material  is  not  the  whole  cost  of 

a  manufactured  artiole. 

General  Kxpenee  is  an  important  ^tem  in  eoat.  Are  we  to  have  any 
profit  on  Rdlson'a  Bills  to  uat  this  should  be  made  vary  clear  as 
we  have  office  expenses,  and  so  have  you,  all  of  which  oone  out  of 
the  orders  or  rather  I  should  eay,  they  outfit  to.  I  write  this 
Just  to  safc  you  to  think  this  over  once  more. 

f  do  not  know  whether  it  would  be  possible  to  get  any  of 
the  options  renewed,  but  would  likemto  have  you  views,  I  think  Mr. 
Sear lea  fSvora  doing  so  if  possible. 

I  had  a  pleasant  viait  to  your  sisters  this  evening,  and 
you  wilft  no  doubt  be  glad  to  hear  that  Mies  Christine  is  looking 
so  mush  better, 

With  kind  regards  to  MTa.  Moriarty  and  yourself. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Now  York,  January  20th, 

My  Dear  Mr.  Moriarty:- 

In  reply  to  your  flavor  of  January  ft 2th,  I  have  bean 
doing  all  in  my  power  to  stimulate  the  interest  of  Mr.  Searlea  in 
the  business,  and  «t«M  I  think  with  some  good  results. 

At  his  House  on  Monday  evening  he  intimated,  as  I  wrote 
you,  that  he  might  take  hold  of  the  situation  here,  and  he  said  to 
me  to-day,  that  he  had  sent  a  man  to  the  Mines',  in  regard  to 
business  relating  to  the  Mine,  who  had  15  solid  hours  of  talk  with 
TSdison,  and  that  he  could  not  see  Mdison  for  several  days  in  regard 
to  control  of  the  output  of  the  Works,  the  National  Company,  etc. , 
but  that  he  wanted  to  make  both  these  things  work  together,  thatv 
is  the  matter  he  had  in  hBnd  in  regard  to  the  Mind,  might  help  him 
in  matters  of  this  Company,  and  he  said  to  me  that  he  had  positive 
assuraneea  that  no  sales  of  the  Ho.  8  type  would  be  mads  until  he 
came  to  an  understanding  with  him,  therefbre^priess^T  wbsdtted 
until  then,  but  no  doubt  the  matter  sill  be  settled  in  a  few  days. 

In  regard  to  the  Multiples,  I  sailed  there  and  fbund  Mr.  ’ 
Cress  was  out  of  town,  but  will  return  in  four  or  five  days,  mi 
his  Son  gave  me  the  Impression  that  his  Father  would  be  vary  glad 
to  make  some  sort  of  an  arrangement,  or  to  duBeuss  the  Multiples 
setter  with  Mr.  Searles,  and  he  thanked  me  for  my  efforts  in  sn- 
deavorlng^to  bring  them  together,  whleh  I  thought  surgured  sell. 

I  also  called  at  Bettini's  ,  with  the  intention  of  pur- 
’h"‘"e  h»l««  «r.i  obtain..  Hr.  pradM  M 

?  8m-  »nold.„»,iij,  of  p.ttinl 

meeting  Mr.  Searleo,  came  up. 

Bettinl  at  first  was  inolined  to  be  saroastlo,  and  to 
refarjto.pur,  not  sending  any  orders  or  dping  any  business,  but  I 
stopped  thip-at  onos,  and, I  said  that  if  we  dlseussed  the  business 
again,  we  should. probably  ppt- the, matt  er  through  in  a  vary  short 
time,  and  I  told; him  .that.  I, > would  fix  a  time  next  week,  inconven¬ 
ient  to  Mr.  Seerleo,.  to. meet  in,Mr.,  Bettini's  offioe,  where  any 
new  improvements vpould  be,  shown. 

I  told  Mr.  Searles  what  I  had  done,  of  whioh  he  approved 
although  he  is -inolined  to  put,  anything  off  a  day  or  two  longer, 
and  I  have  heard  that  this.  war  characteristic  of  him,  so  1  mi  all 
wateh  .matters  all  the  tims.  and  urge  thorn  along.. 

s-Betttni  :has.been  working  hard  el  nee  ha  flame.,  bask,  and  he 
has  a  new  machine,,!  flaw  the  rough  mpdfll,  the  maineehaft  has  a 
groovfl  in  it  underneath,  and  the  Mapdrsl  movea  frqm  one  end  to  the 
other,  so  that  when  you  wish,  to  repast  the  retard,  you  release  a 
spring. afl^flhed  tp  the  right  end  of  the  mandrel,  and  you  slide  it 
bask  to  the  smarting  point.  It,  is  a  elosk -motor. 

Bettinl Vs  patents  for,  the  Duplicator  .would  be  useful  to 
the  Oompany,  and-his  business  for  his  attaahmant  is  inersasing 
rapidly,  and  ..thsy:rsflll  ^bqut  twenty  a  week.  His  .record  business 
is  also  increasing,  and  it  would  be  worth  controlling,  if  it  son  be 
don*  with&ut  spending  much  money. 

On  general  principles, i»hwould  be  an  advantage  to  this 
Company  to  gontrol  all  phonograph  > 

bueineas  and  Patent.,  and  stop  theae  peopl.  from  intrinsic  our 

w.  Mould  aoqolro  tap  no.  Potent  th.t  m  pot  of  w 

a trengthtuinbur  patent  righto. 

*  have  talked  aoraething  on  thie  strain  to  Mr.  Searlao, 
and  ha  io  not  altogother  >*Verae  to  it. 

Mr.  Volkmann  called  again  to  eee  Mr.  Searloo  yeaterday, 
but  he  told  hl»  you  had  matter,  entirely  in  oharg.  it/regard  to 

Mr.  Searies  said  to  no' that  Volkmann  stated  that  the 
German  Company  had  purehaaad  only  a  few  hundred  machine,  from  u., 
but  X  inf  aimed  him  that  Mr.  VolMmm,  or  Mr.  Cto  Wak  „***  J 
be  relied  upon  in  rogard  tor.thair  atatemanta  eonaarnlng  the 
buainaaa,  and  that  ha  -hould  be  Mi*  wary  aa  to  Mat  ha  Mid  to  «» 
them,  alaa  that  the  German  Company  had  made  in  Germany  a  quantity 
of  machine.,  and  that  you  had  reaeived  from  an  .apart,  report,  in 
rogard  to  the  German  Company* a  buslneea. 

Mr.  Sadrle.  informed  aa  that  he  had  paid  a  part  Of  J.  ft 

W.  Saiigman  &  oo'a  Aaeouht,  aa  ha  hai  bean  oblige*  to. 

Mr.  Saarlaa,  I  thinj.^jiii  pu.h  thing,  right  along  «*,. 
and  X  .tatad  that  wa  would  r.MiwJ*  Proapaatu.  within  a  day  dr 
too,  and  that  whan  it  wa.  onae  iaauad,  it  was  binding,  and  that  hi 
would  have  no  raaaon  to  fear  the  fhilura  of  any  part  of  the  nego¬ 
tiation,  therafor.  there  wa.  no  need  for  holding  baek  any  longer. 

Mr.  Searles  ia  more  convinced  now  that  I  represent  you 
here,  and  he »  does  not  seem  averse  to  it,  or  of  ray  being  raade  ao- 
<Iuainte*Awith  such  fasts  as  you  may  write  to  hin  in  your  personal 
Betters,  in  fact  I  think,  he,  has  beennperfectly  satisfied  with  my 
trip  abroad,,  and  pith  the  report  I  have  given. 

Xhe  printed  documents  you  refer  to  in  your  letters,  I 
have  shown  to  Mr,  Searles,  and  retained  them  in  my. possession. 

I  note  your  remarks  in  regard  to  Mr.  Boardman,  and  will 
give  the  matter  attention,. 

Share  ia,  one  thing,. h-pre  that  I,  pbjest  to,  and  I  do.  not 
yet  see  how  it  can  be,  oversome,.  namely  the  employment  of  MeOhesney 
on  this  Company's  business. 

,M*>  s,W^«e  gays  him.  the  letter  of  Stollwarek  dated 
November  7th,  and  sent  him  to  sse.  Hoghfs,  but  , Hugh.,, yablo 
to  attend  to  it,  he  sent  him  to  Dyer,  but  as  1  was  away  at  the 
time  I  suppose  there  was  po  one  else  to  attend  to  it,  however  he 
always  seems  averse  to  my  attending  to  anything  with  th.  lawyers 
for  him,  but  he  gave  me  all  the  correspondents  today,  whl*.i  «. 
forwarding  to  yoi*  under  separate, .over., 

Mr.  Searle.  dirseted  MsChesnsy  to  say  to  Dyer,  that  ha 
wanted  him  to  look  into  ,  this  matte**,  and,  that  ha  would  retain  hits 

if  t  hop.  Bp.r  ,1U  no,  »r» 


You  will,  notis.  Dyer's  reply  i.  addressed  to  MsOhasnay,  a 

"  T  k"p  “FlM  °f  ■*»  I«t«.  fop  rn,»  tmtk 


MoChesnay  always  rankles  ms  whenever  he  epeaks,  he  said 
yesterday,  "how  Is  Moriarty,  is  he  doing  anything  over  there, 
where  is  he  stopping  at,  the  Cecil*,  I  said  yea,  he  remarked  »He 
must  be  naming  up  a  pretty  good  Hotel  bill*.  Knowing  all  the 
oiroumstaneea,  it  made  m«  fail  sueh  a  eontempt  for  the  fellow,  I 
could  hardly  keep  from  giving  him  a  piece  of  my  mind. 

I  have  an  idea  that  Mr.  Searles  must  have  had  some 
remarks  made  to  him  about  the  Works  people  and  Kdison  not  being 
friendly  to  me,  vhioh  I  believe  is  altogether  a  mistake,  for  1 
always  got  along  well  with  them,  and  I  simply  write  thia,  as  in 
the  course  of  events,  for  it  is  really  not  worth  mentioning. 

Your  Brother's  hate  fit  him  well,  and  I  delivered  every¬ 
thing  you  sent  over.  Your  Brother  intimated  to  me  that  from  your 
letter  to  him,  he  seems  to  have  expected  I  could  do  something  fbr 
him,  but  1  oannot  Just  yet. 

I  gave  him  some  information  as  you  suggested.  ' 

If  Ilri  Searles  obtains  control  of  the  Rational  Company, 
the  Works,  or  Cress,  or  Bettini,  in  any  other  way,  than  simply  the 
purchase  of  the  Patents,  you  must  insist  that  you  are  represented 
properly,  espe  elally  OA  he  has  MeOheshey. 

Your  interest  must  never  be  loss  than  his*  In  the 
records  from  Bettini,  there  are  some  now  ones,  that  he  has  never 
made  before,  such  as  the  voice  with  Band  accompanyment;  some  of  the 
othersl  bought  because  they  contained  some  foature.  Several  are 
not  loud,  but  sweet,  and  you  should  haye  a  variety.  The  records 

.  -6-- 

I  will  get  from . Tewksbury,  will  be  of  a  different  character. 

.XJhope  you' will  like  the  Bettlni  reoorde,  and  he  says 
they  are  originals,  from  whioh  henusually  Ohai fges  double  the  list 
price?  this  accounts  for  the  fact  that  we  got  no  disoount  on  this 

I  fought  for1  better  prices,  but  they  would  not  let  me 
have  these  goods  at  'all  #&r  a  leas  price,  ds  some  of  them,  he  only 
has  one  original  vlVft* 

In  talking  fed  lifr.  Sealed  on  Monday  night,  I  referred  to 
Mr.  Annan,  andiMr.  Sea^C  remai*e*  that  the  people  here,  from  whom 
he  Made  eom9,4nquirie*v.A-nW  knhw-'Mr.  Annim  as  at  all  prominent 
in  the  financial  -toVld,  1?wi  that  he  la  known  as  an  accountant,  and 
a  nm  whose  word  can  be  HPPn,,  but  not  a  great  financier,  or 

a  man  of  any  very  epct^aop^infiry  standing. 

Yoyrir  very  truly,. 


J/:  fllmarfy, 

Jf/rlnuiri/  S>irrrt, 



S.  P.  Mori  arty,  Esq,, 
London,  England, 
Dear  Sir:- 







Yours  vary  truly,  . 


Scfamt  & 7U9im4otn 

i ■ia/t/um  tf/Plmarty,  ?&>  m*da*r  fffatyZk£mtr  X*m,mK 

S.  F,  Moriarty,  Esq,. , 

London,  -England . 

Dear  Sir:- 

We-andose  *you  letter  reooivad  from  Consolidated  Phono¬ 
graph  Oompanie s rvlitdf Newark,  N.,  J.  also  catalogue  of  their 

Mr.  'Tewksbury  . is  interested  in  this;  company,  aa  well  as 
Waloutt  &  Leeds . 

^'’/^/^J'anuary_21at^  189^? . 

Y ours,  vary  t ml3^ , 




PhRa °fr?phs*  ®raph°Phone8,  Gramophones, 

B9S*  ?®°ordB,  and  Everything  for 
Talking  Maohlnes. 

Newark,,  N.J. Jan  4,  1898. 

Edison  United  Phonograph  Co., 

27  William  St.,  New  York  City. 

Gentleman; - 

This  list  hae  juHt  been  prepared  for  the  trade-,  it  in¬ 
cludes  the  heat  50-cent  rdoords  on  the  W.  ^d.the  only  first  ato,k  of  the  kind  that  we  know  of.  The  titles  are  standard 
sellers.  The  goods  are  instock  when  y*u  order  them.  The  discount 
arrel  lots  (150.)  ia  40#;  on  l,X>0-and  upwards,  50#  from  list. 
Cash.  -With  each  barrel  will  be  supplied  if  desired  85 
record  lists  for  use, among  Wur  ,Ue,tomers. 

IffWou^avor  us  you  map  be  assured  that  there  will  be  no 

delay  or  substitution,  a  trial  order 

■  order  will  oonvinoe  you  of  the 

superiority  of  the  goods. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Per  H.  j.  h. 

Now  York,  January  22nd,  1898. 

My  Dear  Mr.  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

I  have  not  yet  learned  from  Mr.  Saarlss,  what  view 
he  will  take  in  regard  to  the  disposal  by  you  of  any  portion  of 
this  Company’ 8  holdings  in  the  new  Company,  so  that  if  he  eablea 
you  in  regard  to  it,  I  would  bja  obliged  if  you  would  kindly  send  me 
a  copy  of  it. 

I  presume  we  will  know  shortly  Just  exaotly  how  mueh  in 
cash  and  shares,  this  Company  will  get,  as  the  figures  I  have,  you 
know,  are  contingent  ,  and  depend  upon  certain  arrangements  you 
may  be  able  to  effect. 

I  have  been  so  very  busy,  not  having  a  moment  to  spare, 
that  I  have  not  yet  inquired  in  regard  to  the  House,  but  will  do 
so  early  next  week. 

Your  letters  of  January  13th  and  ldth  and  15th,  the 
latter  simply  an  acknowledgement  of  letters/  are  Just  to  hand,  but 
the  contrast  is  not  yet  received,  nor  the  Prospectus,  there  are 
two  steamers  due  to-day  the  St.  Louis  and  the  Campania,  the  the 
probability  is,  that  we  have  received  the  mall  from  only  one  of  the 

Your  matter  with  the  Seligmans  will  be  attended  to  at 
once,  and  1  will  write  you  by  next  mall. 

I  have  not  time  to  refer  further  to  your  letters  Just 
received  to-day. 

Yours  very  truly, 

-V  Lo?  f-J  efts 


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we/i/wip flitmhdy, ffi» ?)lvu>A»t(t  jMiwon/ SSaw^r  -f '  ,  - 

My  Dear  Mr-  Moriarty: 

Saturday 's  mail  brought  me  your  letters  of  the 
14th-  which  i  have  read  with  a  great  deal  of  care  and  inasmuch  ug  I  have 
heard  nothing  further  from  you  by  cable  I  assume  that  Mr-  Coates  bached 
down  on  his  absurd  proposition  and  made  you  no  further  trouble  in  the 
transfer  of  the  Ddison-Bell  business- 

Mr-  Morrison  brought  me  yesterday  your  cable  announcing  prospectus 
and  underwriting  completed  and  that  you  were  waiting  cable  on  prices 
and  advices  concerning  multiplex  and  duplicating  apparatus,  before  sign¬ 
ing  final  papers-  Replying  to  this  he  cabled  you  at  my  suggestion  the 

In  the  matter  of  prices  Edison  has  refused  to  malte  definite  prices 
on  the  No-  3-  machine  until  he  gets  ready  to  build  them  and  can  tell 
exactly  what  they  will  cost-  My  last  advices  are  that  the  tools  for 
building  these  machines  will  be  completed  this  weelc  and  that  after  the 
1st.  prox-  he  will  be  able  to  commence  to  manufacture  and  also  to  fix 
prices-  I  am  awaiting  Mr-  Ed.ison's  return  from.1. the  mines  to  have  an  in 
terview  with  him  regarding  the  price  and  also  the  control  of  the  machine 
I  was  disappointed  this  afternoon  to  receive  your  oable  in  whioh  you  name 
6,000  as  the  limit  of  the  orddr-  I  had  supposed  it  would  be  at  least 
10,000  and  that  with  this  leverage  I  could  control  his  output  until  you 


Wr/i/urn,  </.  fflmmfy  ft»  %™>/*„f,  &*»** 

could  arrange  with  Stoliwerk  and  get  further  orders,  which  in  turn  would 
be  supplemented  by  the  French  contract  and  so  enable  me  to  oon  trol  the 
entire  output  of  tho  faotory •  Other  parties  aro  offering  him  orders  for 
upwards  of  5,000  machines  so  that  with  this  number  i  can  scarcely  hope 
to  control  him*  Still,  l  will  do  the  very  best  possible  and  report’ by 
cable  immediately  X  get  anything  definite,  also  as  to  time  of  delivery. 

X  expect  to  close  a  deal  with  Grass  tomorrow  but  have  not  yet  come 
to  a  definite  point  .with  Bottini*  On  both  these  matters  will  cable  you 
as  soon  as  anything  definite  can  be  determined* 

I  was  glad  to  learn  by  your  cable  of  today  that,  as  the  net  outcome 
of  the  new  contract  we  will  receive  45,000  Pounds  in  cash  also  1/3  of 
the  ordinary  shares  and  about  7,000  each  of  debentures  and  preferences* 

As  I  wrote  you  some  time  since  I  am  counting  on  a  cash  remittance  ^  c*<z<z 
not  later  than  the  7th*  of  February  in  order  to  enable  me  to  keep  my 

I  wrote  you  in  my  last  of  an  interview  I  had  with  Mr*  volkmann;  and 
despite  my  letter  to  him  of  the  19th*  inst*  copy  herewith,  I  received 
from  him  this  morning  a  letter  of  which  the  within  is  a  copy;*-  To  this  I 
am  sending  him  an  answer  thi3  evening  as  per  copy  herewith* 

xt  is  evident  that  stoliwerk  is  anxious  to  come  to  some  arrangement 
and  X  trust  by  the  time  you  receive  this  you  will  have  been  able  to  re- 

iiipen  negotiations  with  him  and  arrange  matters  satisfactorily. 

mt/t/wt'  sf.  MWarti/, Ma  7?rnt<6>ntt  MvAkry  Sttncfotf  <7rc«.ia, 

14tli.  inst.  and  await  tomorrow  's  mail  in  explanation-  I  shall  be  pleas¬ 
ed  to  receive  your  friends  and  if  practicable  arrange  with  them  some  bus¬ 
iness  to  mutual  advantage. 

Trusting  to  hear  by  cable  that  your  public  offering  this  week  has 
been  a  success  l  remain, 

S.p.Moriarty  Esq. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Ms  44 

London,  Eng. 


Volkmann,  Stollwerek  ft  Oo., 

S  Worth  Street,  Hew  York. 

Hew  York,  Jan.  34th,  1H98. 

John  15!.  Searles,  Esq., 

#  117  Wall  Street, 

Now  York  City, 

Hear  Sir:- 

I  fully  agree  with  the  statement  that  you  make  in  your 
note  of  the  19th  inst.  that  a  large  business  can  bo  clone  in  phono¬ 
graphs  in  Germany. 


The  phonograph  business  has  been  lagging  all  over  th* 
It  lias  not  heretofore  been  successful  anywhere. 

The  cause  has  been  high  prices. 

developing,  since  low  priced  machines  are  put  on  the 


A  large  business  can  be  done  with  low  priced  machines. 

It  is  essential  that  commercial  machines  should  get  into  the 
hands  of  the  consumers  at  a  low  price,  say  not  exceeding  $2B.- 
Mr.  Edison  fully  realizes  this  feet. 

So  does  the  (iraphophone  Co. 

~u.  eommeneial  »0hl„e,  s25._  ,lth 

**  di.oonn,  for  and  a  maUer  ..u,,  .<  &0.. 

the  same  discount. 

"Edison”.  Home"  machine  can  bn  boontit  for 

^  »  no.  Phonoynaph,  .hleh 

-.pnodnean,  cylinden  .haven  and  .  ,,a„a„m. 

*17.-  in  qnantitiee, 
,  with  recorder, 
can  be  bought  for 


§12.-  of  leas. 

”01100  the  tendency  is  for  low  priced  phonographs. 

No  business  of  any  magnitude  can  bo  rtcme  with  high  priced 

They  have  given  you  ono-third  of  their  capital  stock,  some 
§80,000.-  in  shares. 

They  have  paid  you  §50,000.-  in  cash  for  the  patents  and  are 
obliged  to  pay  you  §50,000.-  more  when  they  have  disposed  of  i860 
Phonographs  and  another  sum  of  §50,000.-  when  they  have  disposed  of 
2500  phonographs. 

That  moan.  praotlo.Uy  ,  „„„  0f  s4„,.  t0  ,Msa  to  th<  oojt 

or  ...»  phonograph,  »v.„l,  „„  con.idor.tlon  1,  had  for  tho 
in  shares  given  to  you. 

Is  there  any  other  reasonable  way  of  figuring  cost? 

Oould  the  German  Company  be  expected  to  "never  mind"  the  cost 
o+  the  paten 1 8  and  do  business  as  though  the  phonographs  cost  them 
only  the  actual  amount  paid  for  them? 

"'ould  any  reasonable  business  man  suggest  this  as  a  proper 
course  to  be  pursued? 

v/ould  you  consider  that  a  money  making  policy? 

I  think  not. 

The  ho„„ni,  i.  obiin.d  „  a  pr„p0rtlon 

*M  ^  ’**«»  *»«-  **  Phonograph, 

W1,°"  *»»«»*».  that  ar.  at 



th«  prices  stated,  to  anybody  that  wants  them. 

So  does  the  Graphophone  Company. 

How  can  the  Reman  Company  oompete,  with  a  handicap  of  £40 . - 
per  machine? 


The  copperation  of  the  inventors. 

Put  you  have  not  got  it, 

i'ou  iiave  done  nothing  to  stop  shipments  by  Mr.  Rdison  or  tho 
0 rap ho phone  Company  to  unauthorized  parties. 

Tho  foot  is  you  can't  do  anything,  unless  you  hove  the  good¬ 
will  of  the  inventors. 

Rood-will  means  their  interest. 

Yon  are  not  consulting  their  interest,  when  you  force  the 
Rerman  Co.  to  sell  at  high  prices. 

They  want  to  build  phonographs,  because  that  means  profit. 

You  can't  give  them  any  large  orders,  because  you  insist  upon 
high  priceB. 

Hence  tho  co-operation  of  the  inventors  can  not  be  gained  by 
maintaining  high  prices. 


Your  company  has  purchased  the  patents  upon  a  basis  of  exag¬ 
gerated  values. 

haVe  20t  beon  realized. 

J  say  WcertfieiV#r  Mall8ln«  them? 

•  mainly  not  by  insisting  upon  high  selling 

Prises  for  your  distributing  Companie 




V*™**  “»l«.  •»■*»,  «M  Mm,  ttuJ~ 

All  the  necessary  capital. 

Men  of  undoubted  standing  and  enterprise. 

Managing  expenses  reduced  to  a  minimum. 

th.  „■«  of  th.  **,.  th0  „„  „  pte„0TOta  8() 

that  they  °onnot  effect  large  sales. 

OTNWBAL  STATEMENT  QV  Bnwnrwn,,.,  . 

You  have  a  contract  with  the  German  Oo  »m  y,  *t 

-  an  Co.  which  they  have  o.are- 

fully  kept. 

py  *i-.  ™.».  «h„  „...  mm*  m.  ao,„i,„, 
oi  the  German  patents. 

n»y  l»v.  had  1...  «h»  800  pho„„„r,ph.  „a  h.„  of 

a  little  more  than  200. 

They  have  made  every  possible  intelligent  effort  to  increase 
their  sales,  hut  without  success. 

They  have  endeavored  to  maintain  +h»  „  , 

maintain  the  patents  in  the  courts 

P0“‘61''  -  *»  «  — ■  -■>  M.  paoUaU,  M. 


The  out  same  of  the  patents  suits  has  heeTLt  «,  , 

oeen^that  they  have  but 

V"'  ~4,~-  »"»••«« 

TK.y  m  «1M,  to  ,  „t,nt  taltators 

4  lr“PC"''"'!'s  »»<>  Pay  nothing  ft,.  pa,ent<-.  ■ 

0,nn'”  ^  »  «a.  Of  1250 

phonographs  within 


m*w  lf  U“*  *»  .Oh.™  to  ,„8ir 

“  1""  1250  ■"  "•»«•«  Of,  ».  forth. r  p„„t 
result  to  you  from  your  eontraot, 

1’here  is  nothing  in  the  contract  which  obliges  them  to  buy 
any  stipulated  quantity. 

18  *"  -  “»“•»«  *>*  .bn™  them  w 

tain  tlio  patents  against  infringers. 

^  U  *"  “»  «■«««•*  **«*.  obllm.  t,„m  to 

fin  to,  pa  ton  t.  .u,  «U...  it  i,  to  their  intere.t  to  oo 

<’”“W  *"*  "™"  6-  <”*">■*  *°  oontinuo  p.yin,  for 

■nito  on  cl  for  patent.  ,,hioh  d0  nol 

-m  m  im mm  w  «...  mmm,  „m. 

It  i.  to  Mr.  MW.  intere.t  th.t  phonograph.  ,ho„H  „M 

upon  the  market  at  a  fair  mice  m „ 

•  I-s  oo-operation  cannot  be  gained 

any  other  way. 

It  i.  to  th.  B»™„  Company ' .  info,.,  ,„.t  ,ho,aa  ^ 

trol  the  business,  and  they  can  only  do  so  h, 

an  oniy  do  so  by  avoiding  excessive 


U  "  t0  "°Wr  inter98t  t0  m°dlfy  «“  tins,  of  your  contract 
because  you  cannot  make  money  under  it. 

.whkr*:  thk  show  pinches 

a°”  ""  <IM  too  present  oontOa.t 

ed  with  m>man  C0#  ^  *  d°  any  bUSine88’  heca,lae  «*sy  are  burdon- 
h  ^  °ner°U8  *"  ^  P-sent  contract. 

Vou  have  expected  to  *et  additional  payments  of  twice  §.,0,000.. 


but  they  cannot  be  made  because  the  Oannan  Oo.  is  too  much  handi¬ 



The  only  good  contract,  is  one  which  allows" ^ buyer  and 
seller  to  make  money. 

A  contract  that  throws  all  the  burden  one  way  and  all  the 
advantages  the  other  way,  generally  leads  to  nothing. 

You  are  not  in  a  position  to  obtain  further  profits  from  the 
Oerman  business  through  payment  of  the  second  and  third  installment 
of  ftbO, 000  each,  but  you  arc  in  a  position  to  make  your  $80, 000.- 
in  shares  cither ’valuable  or  worthless. 

Hadn’t  you  better  make  the  best  of  it  by  allowing  the  German 
Company  to  make  your  shares  valuable. 

Pardon  me  for  going  into  the  matter  in  this  fashion.  I 
do  so  because  I  cannot  feel  that  I  agree  with  you,  when  you  state 
that  you  are  absolutely  certain  that  Mr.  Stollwerck  could  readily 
come  to  a  satisfactory  agreement  with  Mr.  Mori  arty.  On  the  con¬ 
trary,  i  think  that  the  tenor  of  the  enclosed  communication  indi¬ 
cates  a  dead-lock. 

May  I  trust  that  you  will  kindly  give  this  subject  your 
further  consideration? 

Always  at  your  command,  believe  me- 

Very  sincerely  yours, 

John  K.  Volkmann. 



7«/m  MwMhA 

$te/i/wi*  </.  'ftlmaufy.  Pee- 

S.  7/i7/Pr/  '4  on/,  a tiecMtdrii 
70nM/v/  rv'  /-  ~ 

27  W  I  LLf  AM  STREET, 


tf  -H-Volkmann  E3q. 

8  worth  st.  H.y.oity. 

.  Dear  Sir: 

I  have  read  with  interest  your  epigrammatic  letter  of  the 
24th.  inst.  As  1  stated  in  my  previous  letter,  I  am  not  inclined  to 
attempt  any  settlement  of  the  controversy  with  Mr.  Stollwerk  from  this 
side,  but  have  by  this  mail  forwarded  to  Mr.  Moriarty  copy  of  your  let¬ 
ter  with  the  recommendation  that  ho  take  up  the  matter  at  once  with  Mr. 

I  remain 


35th-  1898  //<$£__ 

Yours  very  truly, 

S.  Phi!  it/mif: 

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27  W  I  LLI  AM  STREET. 

S.  F.  Moriarty,  Es<*. , 
London,  Englahd. 
Dear  Sir:- 



V(a  bog  to  ^oknowladge  receipt  of  the  foliating  cable 
received  this  -day. 



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Mr. S.F. Mori arty 


Neuilly  s/Seine  26Jany.  T898. 

Dear  Sir, 

T  have  never  in  my  life  received  such  a  letter  as  the  a 
one  which  you  sent  me  yesterday.-  T  wonder  'in  what  respect  the 
proposition  which  I  wasgiven  to  make  to  you, is  absurd, as  this  is 
the  extraordinary  term  which  you  employ. - 

Ts  it  to  hear  you  say  that  you  are  treating  with  different 
parties  at  once,, that  T  have  sacrificed  to  your  interest.3, right  up 
to  the  present  minute  all  my  time  *  my  money  since  nearly  two 
years  ?.-  ~  “Bo"  you  realise  .dear  Sir, the  coat  of  my  faith 

in  you  ,and  in  your  word,*  in  your  numberless  written  affirmations 
towards  one  ft  all  ?.- 

You  know  better  than  T  do  what  the  true  cause  of  the  delays 
brought  in  the  negotiations  of  our  affair, and  you  cannot  have 
forgotten, that  you  left  us  for  a  long  year, with  our  heads  under 
water,  In  spite  of  my  letters  *  my  telegrams:  *  if  at  this  date 
there  exists  an  opposition, you  alone  have  allowed  it  to  be  created 

&  Mr.Zidler  died  of  grief ~  “  - 

T  believed  from  our  recent  interview  *  correspondence.that  I 
would  not  be  forced  to  mention  the  past:  your  extraordinary  letter 
obliges  me  to  ,ft  as  a  proposition  can  always  be  discussed, T  must  sk 
ask  you  for  some  explanations.- 

I  could  not  accept  gratuitously  the  proceeding  which 
might  be  convenient  to  you  at  this  hour.pBoceeding.which^.I  do  not 
hide  it  from  you,  astonishes  me  more  than  anything  else, and  whish 
provisionally, T  believe  to  be  on  yair  part  a  temporary  movement 
of  bad  temper. - 

Awaiting  your  other  news,!  present  my  sincere  salu¬ 
tations.  (signed)  Henri  Vuagneux. 

P.S.  Not  a  day  passes  that  !  do  not  disturb  our  artists  here.- 
I  had  them  even  when  your  letter  arrived:  to-morrow  the  day  after 
*  Saturday  T  have  appointments  with  the  s.ame  object.  Do  you  ima-  ■ 
gine.  I  do  all  this  without  spending  a  penny  ?-  Do  you  also  think 
I  do  this  for  fUn  ?-  I  have  toot,  the  means  ,  do  you  know.  Judge 
therefore  of  my  astonishment  on  reading  your  letter. - 


New  York,  January  26th,  1898. 

Stephen  F.  Uoriarty,  Esq.,  PERSONAL 
London,  England. 

My  dear  Mr.  Moriarty:- 

I  have  Bpent  the  entire  day  trying  to  get  a  Thousand 
Pounde  Sterling  for  you  in  response  to  your  oable,  received  this 
morning,  and  I  really  feel  worked  up  over  it. 

It  was  not  until  a  quarter  before  four  o’olook,  that  I 
succeeded  in  getting  Mr.  Searles  to  g6  with  me  to  J.  P.  Morgan  &  Co 
and  cable  you  a  letter  of  credit  for  trie  amount,  and  Mr.  Searlee 
said  to  ma  that  I  reply  upon  your  sending  a  oable,  stipulating  that 
the  money  i$  to  be  used  in  accordance  with  your  letter  to  him, 
dated  January  14th,  1898,  relating  to  Mr.  Coatee,  and  that  It  is 
to  be  used  for  ho  other  purpose. 

He  also  said  ,  and  he  meant  it,  for  he  was  never  more 
earnest  in  his  life,  •Morison,  if  thisthing  does  not  go  through, 

"I  will  never  forgive  you." 

You  will  see  from  this  that  Mr.  Searles  has  not  yet 
perfect  confidence,  although,  Just  before  I  left  him,  and  after  I 
had  met  his  every  criticism,  he  was  obliged  to  admit,  that  you  had 
alfay*  been  honest,  nevertheless,  I  was  obliged  to  use  my  very  best 
efforts  to  get  this  money. 

I  referred  also  today  to  the  fast  of  his  not  having 
cabled  you  in  regard  to  the  proportion  of  shares  to  be  sold,  but 
he  is  of  the  opinion  that  if  the  Company  getB  L45000  In  eaah,  he 
would  not  advise  the  sale  of  any  share*  at  present,. 

market  is,  first,  then  it 


He  will  wait  and  see  what  the 
oan  be  done  by  cable. 

Youtb  very  truly, 

My  dear  Mr,  Moriarty:» 

New  York,  January  28th, 1898. 

I  wrote  you  that  Mr.  Grass  called,  on  Mr.  Seorles,  and 
that  Mr.  Searles  told  him  he  would  be  through  In  a  moment,  and 
naked  him  if  he  waa  in  a  hurry,  and  Grass  aaid  no,  so  Mr.  Searlea 
admitted  another  gentleman  first,  but  before  Mr.  Searlea  finished 
Gresa  left,  and  hi  a  son  told  me  that  he  had  not  made  up  his  mind, 
what  to  say  to  Mr.  Searles,'  he  haa  gone  to  Chioago,  and  may  ge 
South  without  seeing  Mr.  Searles,  but  his  son  has  promised  to  ask 
his  father  to  write  what  he  will  do  in  the  matter. 

In  regard  to  Bettini  Duplicator,  Mr.  Searles  said  uyester 
day  when  I  asked  him  to  make  an  appointment,  that  he  wanted  to 
wait  two  or  throb  days,  but  I  will  push  it  through  as  quickly  as 

Yours  very  truly, 

^  1 - > 


New  York,  January  28th,  1898. 

My  Dear  Mr.  Moriarty:-  PERSONAL 

I  have  JuBt  obtained  from  the  Western  National  Bank,  a 
Check  for  $253,  and  have  paid  your  life  insurance  premium,  amount- 
to  $258.75.  Your  brother  added  the  $5.75  to  the  amount. 

I  handed  my  Check  to  your  brother  for  $76.67  in  accor¬ 
dance  with  my  letter  to  you  of  January  22nd  1898, 

While  i  was  at  the  Bank,  Mr  Searlee  asked  ma  again 
whether  1  had  received  any  cable  from  you  ae  to  whether  you  wer. 
obliged  to  use  the  thousand  Pounds  Sterling  cabled  you,  because 
he  wished  it  returned  if  it  was  not  required  for  Mr  Coates. 

In  your  letter  to  me  of  January  19th,  which  was  received 
this  morning  you  stated  you  had  sent  me  the  latest  Prospectus* 

You  also  wrote  Mr  Searles  that  you  had  sent  him  one,  which. he  has 
received,  but  I  have  not  received  mine,  and  .as  he  ha.  not  had 
time  to  look  at  it  yet,  in  all  probability  I  will  not  .see  it  until 
neat  week,  which  I  regret,  as  I  wanted  to  understand  it  befbre 

talking  with  him  about  it  . 

I  am  glad  to  hear  that  all  the  other  old  Directors  stooc 
by  you  in  the  Coates  matter,  but  evidently  Mr.  Coates  has  renewed 
his  objections  inasmuch^  you  oabled  for  the  money. 

In  *  Just-*  fewwords  I  had  with  Mr.  Searles  to-day  at 
th.  Bank,  h.  disappointed  that  the  Ordinary  Shara.  „r, 

*"  .0  a«oh,  tat  I  pointed  on,  that  ,„.y  „„  proportion,,,!, 

»W.,  ta.ay.r  I  than  ta  Bl.a  to  Jn„ 

you  flgur.  ,.  m.k.  ,u  p,„,0„  ointooipi,,,, 


I  was  in  London,  but  which  however  were  conjectural  to  some  extent. 

Your 8  very  truly, 

My  dear  Mr.  Moriarty:- 

New  York,  January  28th,  1898. 


As  requested  I  enoloee  ^  mamorandumsof  your  aocount 
made  up  in  the  same  manner  aB  the  previous  one§  but  which  cannot  be 
placed  to  your  credit  until  it  is  approved  by  the  Board. 

One  Of  the  memorandums shows  a  total  of  $99,067.60.  The 
other  which  refere  to  the  N6ta,  shows  a  total  with  interest, 
amounting  to  $3,493.89. 

A  full  statement  of  this  account,  will  be  made  up  when 
it  becomes  necessary  to  ask  the  Board  for  its  approval. 

Yoursnvery  truly, 



Amount  of  previous  memorandum 

Interest  from  September  10th,  1897 
to  December  31,1897  on  items 
enumbrated  in  previous  Memo  say 
#89,348.16  112  d  ays  at  1/ 

Compensation  of  #10,000  per  annum  from 
September  10th,  1897  to  December  31st,  1897 

Interest  from  Sept:  10th  to  Deer:  31  i«97 

#1056°288X^ii?°h  a3  Per  Br9Vlous  ^y 

$1056.28  112  days  at  per  annum. 

Expenses  for  October  £19.  3.  0  at  #4.8666 

Interest  from  Ootober  31et,  1897  to 
December  31st,  1897  at  6*  ^er  annS 





.95  , 




Note  in  favor  of  S.  F.  Moriarty,  dated 

April  11th,  1892.  2500 

Interest  5  years  &  60  days  to  June  10th, 

1897  at  6#  per  annum.  879.01 


Interest  from  June  10th,  1897  to  September  10th,  1897 
at  6^- per  annum,  92  days  51.81 

Interest  from  Sept  10th,  1897  to  December 
31st,  1897,  112  days  at  6%  per  annum  63.07 




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Monsieur  S.F.Moriarty 

■  London.  .  „  . 

Dear  sir, 

T  confirm  my  letter  of  26th  inst .to  which  I  expected 
an  answer  this  morning  -  Nothing  being  to  hand  from  you, T  come  to 
remind  you  of  it, for  if  I  must  answer  myself  to  those  who  have 
been  willing  to  engage  in  this  affair ,T  have, up  to  now, in  order  • 
to  avoid  being  laughed  at, not  yet  made  known  the  extraordinary 
manner  which  you  have  judged  proper  to  receive  the  proposition 
which  is  the  most  serious  and  reasonable under  the  actual  oircnm- 
stanoesjborn  of  your  delays. 

The  capitals  proposed  to  us  .coming  from  Lyons, it  was 
very  clever  and  quite  natural, to  catch  the  ball  on  the  bound, and 
as  Paris  is  swarming,  with  phonographs, to  try  the  automatics  in  1 
Lyons  and  Marseilles, where  no  exhibition  of  this  kind  exists  as  yet; 

My  principal  idea  was, as  I  told  you, to  enable  youmto  furnish 
again  almost  immediately  the  Automat ics, the  art idle  which  you 
had  consented  to  withdraw  from  the  first  contract.  On  the  oppor¬ 
tunity  of  the  experimant  there  is  nothing  to  be  said, as  these 
have  bean  tried  in  London  '*  in  the  countries  where  you  have  already 
established  them-  Your  refusal;  nan  therefore  only 'be  considered 
as  a  pretext, and  on  this  subject  I  must  tell  you  that  this  is 
the  third  timethat  you  withdraw, when  you  find  yourself  face,  to 
face  with  firm  propositions  on  our  part.  X  leave  to  the  documents 
which  we  have  the  care  of  commenting  on  these  withdrawals. - 

As  far  as  I  am  personally  concerned, I  must  repeat  that 
beside  the  deep  ohagri  n, which  your  attitude  causes  me, you  are 
confirming  the  action  of  those  who, from  the  fiuat  day  to  this  hour 
had  interested  themselves  with  me, and  who, one  at  the  time, have 
abandoned  me  to  what  they  called" . my  dream  in  your  sincerity". - 
I  have  ten  times  prevented  suits  from  being  brought  against" you 
for  engagements  which  you  had  taken, without  it  appears  .being  in 
a  position  to  carry  them  out .this  from  proofs  which  events  have 
brought  to  us, I  waived  aside  all.  these  counsels, and  allowed  no 
one  to  shake  my  confidence, being  willing  to  trust  your  aff irmat iora 
only.-  T  have  neglected  my  position  in  Paris, spending  without 
counting, my  time  and  my  money, so  as  to  devot e  myself  to  your  affair 
only, and  came  here  where  our  headquarters  were  to  be, and  here  I 
remained  because  from  week  to  week  during  one  year  you  announced 
your  return:  X  have  not  ceased  to  speak  of  your  rights  to  all 
preventing  even  a  wider  extension  of  the  phonograph  industry:  and 
dissuading  manufacturers  who  were. ready  to  commence  manufacturing, 
telling  them  that  their  shops  would  be  closed:  I  have  refused  pho¬ 
nographs  which  yGur  competitors  sent  me  here, making  at  the  same  ti- 
methe  moat  splendfd  business  offers:  amd  to  reward  me  for  such 
faithfulness  which  you  might  seek  for  uselessly  in  an  other, v0u 
write  me  that  stupefying  letter  of  the  25th.-  I  trust  .Dear  Mr;"" 
Moriarty  that.;  you  will  make  me  forget  those  lines, but,  do  so  quick 
ly  ft  believe  me  in  this  hope, always  sincerely  yours  . 

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boddon,  England, 
Dear  Sir:- 

I  am  informed  that  the  price  the  Phonograph  Works  will 
charge  for  their  new  Machine,  will  be  $20.00.  This  Machine  has  a 
Shaving  -knife  attached,  and  the  price  is  made  to  compete  with  the 
$10.00  Oraphophoni,  which  the  Oraphophone  Company  sella  for  $12.- 
with  the -case,  and  an  additional  $5.00*  for  a  Speaker-,  nbuxidt 
therefore  if  they  wire  to -charge  #5.00  additional  for  a.  SJmSbrr 
thei*' machine  would  list  $22.-  whioh  is  $2^than  the  Edison  . 
Machine . 

The  Oraphophone  people  give  a  discount  of  45  to  55#  on 
X  believe  'all  orders  over  3b  machines,  but  below  thlat  30#,  or 
rather  on  .all  orders  <Yf  iive  machines  or  over. 

Edison  irtll  undoubtedly  give  aboi^t  a  corresponding  dis¬ 

Hhe  -above  figures  were  reported  to  me,  and  I  have  not 
verified  them  yet,  but  J  will  write  -you  again  about  it. 

Yours  very  truly, 

4/7't ■'r7'U~x.  t  -• 




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r'  I  fear  from  Lord  Kelvin* s  letter  that  there  is  no 

n  possibility  of  getting  him  as  Consulting  Electrician  and  wired 
5  you  this  morning  inconsequence. 

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letter,  so  that  it  is  Just  possible  he  may  re-consider  it. 

£  As  I  go  to  London  on  Monday  night  ,'  there  is  no  chance 

l  of  my  seeing  him  now  which  is  most  unfntunate,  but  he  left  home 
^  some  time  ago  and  is  not  to  be  back  till  Tuesday  at  the  soonest. 

As  regards  Stollwerck,  he  has  never  received  from  me  a 
single  atom  of  information,  as  you  would  see  from  his.  letter,  in 
which  he  charges  me  rather  bitterly  with  not  being  as  candid  and 
open  to  him  as  he  has  been  to  me  and  stating  that  he  was  very 
much  surprised  and*disagreeably  surprised*^  receive*  from  a'third 
Party  as«  Prospectus  of  which  he  had  never  heard  a  word  from  me. 

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The  Night  Honorable  Lord  Kelvin. 
The  University. 


n,»ir  Lord  Kelvin, 

Voov  note  or  the  27th.  inst.  only  reached 
ny  hands  this  morning,  as  X  had  left  London  before  it  arrived 

X  at  once  telephoned  to  year  residence  to  know  if  I 
could  have  an  opportunity  of  a  few  moments  conversation  with  you 
but  found  you  had  left,  so  X  take  this  opportunity  of  writing  shm 
to  inform  you  that  it  was  quite  Impossible  for  the  old  Company  with 
its  limited  Capital  to  do  the  business  which  is  now  suggested. 

I  regret  exceedingly  that  you  do  not  see  your  way  to  act 
us  consulting  engineer  to  the  New  Company  and  would  only  ask  you 
if  possible  to  ro-oonsider  this  matter. 

The  New  Company  win  not'  go  to  the  public  until  the  whole 
Capital  required  has  been  privately  subscribed  and  nearly  all  the 
leading  men  in  the  old  Company  ;are  members  of  the  New  Company. 

The  Capital  for  working  purposes  will  not  he  less  than 
£50,000  and,  as  the  now  Company  Required  the  business  without 
restrictions  of  any  kind  in  addition  to  the  Patents  to  which  X  have 


e  a 


already  referred,  X  cannot.  possibly  son  how  it  can  be  anything 
but  a  great  success. 

naturally  my  colleagues  are  most  anxious  that  as  you 
were  the  Consulting  Electrician  for  the  Old  Company  you  should 
continue  to  act  in  a  like  capacity  to  t he  Hew  one  and  if  you  can 
possibly  ro-oonstder  this  decision  X  should  esteem  it  a  great  favor 
if  you  would  kindly  wire  me  on  the  enclosed  form  to  London  on 
Tuesday  or  Wednesday. 

In  the  meantime,  or  course,  I  have  given  strict  injunct¬ 
ions  that  your  name  is  not  to  be  mentioned  as  Consulting  Electric!® 
until  your  final  reply, 

Vours  faithfully, 


7  ^  CAcXT 

Givis'  ^ 


New  York,  January  31st,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr.  Moriarty:-  PERSONAL. 

I  called  at  Mr.  Sear lea  office  to-day,  and  in  the  course 
of  conversation,  asked  if  he  had  seen  Mr.  Edison,  he  admitted  I 
thought  reluctantly,  that  he  saw  him  last  Friday,  but  that  he  was 
going  to  have  another  interview  this  week,  and  I  concluded  from 
his  hesitar»oy,  that  ha  had  not  accomplished  much,  or  at  least  was 
not  as  successful  as  his  statements  made  to  me  from  time  to  time, 
as  to  what  he  could  do  with  Edison,  would  iaa&xfcsxlcarxh  naturally 
lead  me  to  look  for. 

Mr.  Searles  asked  me  again  to-day  if  I  had  heard  from  you 
as  to  whether  fcrou  had  used  that  Thousand  Pounds  or  not,  I  said  I 
had  not. 

February  2nd,  Mr  Edison  is  coming  down  from  /the  Mines  on  Thursday 


evening  February  3rd,  and  Mr  Searles  exp eote  to  see  him  on  Friday. 

I  Baid  to  Mr.  Searles  last  evening  "You  knbw  Mr  Sehrlee  ^hat  Mr 
Edison  will  have  to  he  dealt  with  oh  something  of  a  liberal  polibj^ 
arid  he  thought  Bi». 

Yours  very  truly, 


New  York, 

February  2nd,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr.  Moriarty:-  PERSONAL. 

Mr.  Searies  told  me  last  night,  when  I  suggested 
cabling  you,  as  to  what  had  be  sin  dbne  ih  regard  to  the  Multiplex 
and  Duplicator,  that  he  had  received  a  cable  from  you,  to  the 
effect  that  you  were  wait! rig  to  hear  from  Kiri  fcrifore  closing 
contraet,  and  tha*  he  had  rgp^ie^  fin  Friday  l^t,  gs  fpj.lqw*:- 

Yesterday  morning  J  again  gehed.  Mr  Searies  if  I  could  not 
arrange  an  appointment  for  him  with  Bettipi  at  once,  and  he  fixed 
the  hour  at  five  o'clock,  yesterday,  so  I  arranged  to  have  Mr 
Diokinson  at  Bettini's  office  pt  the  appointed  time,  and  they  all 
kept  the  appointment. 

Bettini  informed  me  that  Mr  Dickingon  was  not  interested 

in  any  of  hie  things,  in^other  capaaity  than  as  his  lawyer,  except 
in  the  case  of  the  "Lyrophone* . 

The  result  of  the  meeting  last  ftight,  and  I  was  present, 
is  roughly  as  follows: - 

The  old  Agreement  with  Bettini,  which  you  know  is  an  option, 
will  be  renewed  on  about  the  same  lines,  for'  say  60  days,  with  the 
exception,  that  Bettini  wants  us  to  give  him  a  positive  order  at 
onoe  for  a  certain  number  of  Miorophonograph  outfits,  the  number 
was  not  decided  upon,  but  th'ts  point  I  think  will  be  acceded  to  in 
Borne  measure  by  Mr  Searlee. 

You  will  notice  in  Betting prioe-liat,  I  mean  the  price¬ 
list  which  was  handed  to  us  whet)  the  contract  was  jnade,  fixes  the 


prioo  of  a  Miorophonograph  outfit,  at  #46.00,  and  that  on  the  same 
price-list  is  listed  the  Edison  Phonograph  Back-rod  sleeve.  Twin 
Nuts,  and  Spring  combined  $4.50,  whioh  was  dlctra^ 

The  present  prices,  list  thd  outfit  >at  $46. 00,  but  it 
includes  the  Back-rod  Sleeve,  etc*  therefdrb  the  list  is- #4.50 
oheaper  now  than  it  was  thSn,  artd  fo*  thai  ire  to H  KrtablA 

j  i  t*  ,  /  rrf* 

at  present  to  do  any  better  in  the  pf  discourse,  ^lfhpugh,  when 
we  give  a  positive  order,  we  can  a.eppm^l^^^  ,sorr(ethi^  ip  the  way 
of  discounts  in  all  probability. 

I  send  jou  one  of  their  new  price-lists. 

The  discounts  on  the  records  ,  as  well  as  the  microphone- 
graph  outfits,  are  the  same  as  under  the  old  agreement. 

The  "Lyrophone*  was  shown  Mr  Searles,  and  he  thinks  a 
good  many  of  them  can  be  sold,  because  they  are  so  oheap,  to  bo 
used  simply  as  a  toy  for  children,  and  Bettini  had  some  success  in 
this  line  when  he  was  in  Paris,  although  X  do  not  think  any  have 
been  shipped. 

I  explained  to  Mr  Searles  that  you  did  not  °*re  about 
this,  and  that  the  machine  was  no  good,  it  does  not  track,  but  the 
one  that  Mr  Bettini  showed,  worked  admirably, ‘/at  all  events,  there 
is  no  objection  to  having  the  option. 

Bettini  told  Mr  Searles,  and  he  has  told  me  before,  that  by 
your  not  meeting  him  in  Paris,  you  missed  an  opportunity  to  make 
#300,000.,  I  do  not  think  anything  of  this  statement  however,  as 
f«ot.  and  report,  do  not  always  agree,  when  it  comes  to  paying  over 



I  should  have  spoken  of  this  first,  ds  it  is  the  moat 


Dickinson  stated  that  hd  pd^eriti  HtttA  yet  bdbn  takdri  oUt 
in  Europe  for  the  Duplicator,  ^though  he  444  mt  foi\y  tfjis  to  me, 
when  I  met  him  a  month  or  two  ago,  however  he  a^ted  last  night 
that  his  patents  applied  for  here,  or  as  he  put  it,  pending  here, 
are  in  such  shape,  that  he  can  make  application  at  once  in  Europe, 
therefore  Mr  Searlee  agreed  to  purchase  at  once  the  patents  for 
Great  Britain  for  the  Duplicator  for  the  Bum  of  $2500.  and  will 

have  an  option  to  purchase  the  otherB,  that  i$  for  the  other 
countries,  named  in  Mr  Bettini's  letternof  June  18th,  which  you 
have  for  say  60  dayB  at  the  same  figures.*/-^*-'//**- ■ 

As  the  Patents  have  not  yet  been  issued,  it  is  probable, 
that  no  money  will  be  paid  over,  until  they  are,  although  the 
agreement  will  be  exeouted,  and  that  in  all  likelyhood  Mr  Dickinsoh 
will  be  obliged  to  make  application  for  the  patents  in  all  the 
other  countries  as  well  as  Great  Britain,  at  the  same  time. 

If  you  willnrefer  to  the  letter  of  June  18th,  younwlll 
notice  the  following  clause. 

•You  agree  to  purohase  the  apparatus  from  us  for  $500.,  and  to 
"purohase  at  the  present  time,  one  apparatus  for  each  country 
for  which  you  shall  desire  to  obtain  the  right  to  purchase 
"the  patent,  when  issued". 

This  olaAse  was  made  a  part  of  the  condition  of  sale  of 

the  patents,  much  to  my  regret,  and  I  spoke  my  mind  plainly  in 
regard  to  it,  as  we  have  ali'eqdy  purchased  three  at  the  enormous 
figure  of  $500.  each,  and  Mr  Dickinson  then  took  Mr  Bettini  out  of 
the  room  to  oonsult  him,  as  to  whether  it  would  be  advisable  to 
make  any  reduction  in  the  price,  which  resulted  in  his  stating 
thdt  if  ten  duplicators  were  pUrohased  at  a  time,  thk  ^ricd  wOtild 
be  $450.  or  25  at  $400.  aaoh. 

Mr  Searlee  will  probably  aocede  to  this  in  the  contract, 
but  there  1b  no  clause  to  be  inserted  ,  unless  it  should  be  an 
after  thought  of  Dickinson^to  the  effect  that  we  are  compelled  to 
order,  even  the  minimum  number  of  raaohines  within  a  given  time,  and 
we  can  delay  this  probably  sb  long  as  we  ohoose,  therefore,  if  he 
wants  orders,  he  should  make  the  price  at  a  reasonable  figure. 

This  is  Mr  Searles  view,  and  as  the  main  object  was  to  secure  the 
patent,  the  matter  stands  in  this  shape  at  present. 

I  do  not  know  in  whose  name  this  oontraot  will  be  drawn, 
but  X  may  suggest  that  it  be  drawn  in  mine,  as  it  Was  a  personal 
master  with  you,  and  Mr  Bettini,  and  I  oan  assign  it  to  Mr. 

Searles  as  Trustee  for  you.  If  I  had  a  power  of  Attorney  from  you 
that rwatiO* aeover  such  a  matter,  I  oould  have  it  drawn  in  your  name, 
but  perhaps  the  other  way  will  be  satisfactory. 


Mr  Searles  told  Bettini  and  Diokerson  that  he  would  take 
up  the  matter  of  the  United  States,  of  which  he  has  previously 
spoken  to  Mr  Diokerson  in  a  short  time,  but  had  not  time  to  discuss 


it  then. 

He  told  them  that  we  had  formed  a  Company  abroad  with  the 
strongest  people,  and  that  we  were  going  to  p*eh  the  business,  and 
in  answer  to  Bettini’ s  question  in  regard  to  Prance,  which  he  seemec/. 
persistent  in  trying  to  find  out  about,  Mr  Seattle s  told  him,  some¬ 
thing  to  the  effect  that  we  were  able  to  take  care  of  that  country, 
etc,  but  Mr  Sekrlss  dbeS  not  febl  that  you  have  much  charioe  in 
Pranoe,  and  we  ape  gwattigg  ypur  advices  in  regard  to  thgt  poultry. 

The  new  clock-motor -Phonograph,  which  Bettini  is  working 
up,  of  which  I  have  written  you,  was  not  shown  Mr  Searles  last 
night,  as  it  w&b  in  the  workmen' s  hands,  and  Bettini  said  was 
being  improved. 

The  Patents  oh  this  machine  have  not  yet  been  applied 
for  in  any  oountry. 

Yours  very  truly, 

P.S.  MULTIPLEX.  Thera  are  no  new  developments  in  regard  to  this 
at  ■this  fcritirijSft  bdt  ihs  clatter  is  not  fbrgotten,  nor  is  it  being 
delayed  how  by  Mr  Segrlps.  area?  is  away,  but  we  are  waiting  for 
»  reply  to  ^ptteip  whioh  gis  t^on  promised  to  write,  asking  him  to 
make  ua  g  proposition,  or  .gt  least  say  what  he  would  take  for  his 

i  think  i  shall  suggest  i 

making  him  a  positive  cash  offer  for  his  patents  for  a  sufficient 
sum  to  show  him  that  we  are  in  earnest. 

cable  referS^to^iS8^  ^  °n  aCC0Unt  °f  hls 

something  over  $20,000  I  diTnoi  v**  S°*rle*  paid  Hanry  Seligman 
be f oka  “  J  -  »  Hgpw  the-  gpioupt.  when-  I  wrote-  you 

Now  York, 

February  4th, 

My  dear  Mr.  Moriarty:- 

Your  oable  to  Mr.  Searles  to-day,  announcing  the 
time  to  go  to  the  public,  as  the  12th,  did  not  8eem  to  be  understood 
by  Mr.  Searlea,  and  I  learned  of  it  by  asking  him  if  he  had  any¬ 
thing  from  yov  and  I  enclose  you  a  copy  of  a  letter  X  have  just 
written  him. 

"  ;!l  Yours  very  truly, 

FEBRUARY  5th,  1898.  ^  /  /■  l o ^ 

P.S.  Your  oable  is  just  received  this  morning,  and  unforunately  I 
am  unable  to  see  Mr.  Searles,  as  he  has  gone  to  Orange,  he  started 
out  alone,  therefore,  as  he  had  not  seen  Mr.  Annan  yesterday, he  has 
undoubtedly  gone  to  see  Mr.  Edison  upon  Company  matters,  and  he 
told  me  that  he  intended  to  see  Mr  Edison  yesterday. 

I  will  however  call  him  up  on  the  phone  to-morrow,  as  X 
do  not  think  it  advaisable  to  -telephone  him  to  Orange  to-day, 
especially  as  I  have  been  urging  prices  and  he  fully  realizes  the 
importance  of  it. 


•////«/// Jf.  77/omirfi/,  7m-  Bnuitmi. 

$.  TliTftvritlom  (S'evrefa-n 


John  E.  Searles,  Esq.,  P?esideht, 

117  Wall  St.,  New  Yohk  ftilty. 

Bear  Sir:- 

I  have  Just  bean  considering  your  cable. 

Mr.  Moriarty  is  doubtless  correct  when  he  says  that  all 
the  underwriting  has  been  secured,  and  that  £130,0f>0  had  been  paid 
into  bank,  therefore  as  far  as  the  United  Company  is  concerned,  I 
take  it  they  are  entirely  secured. 

There  are  two  classes  of  underwriting,  the  first  under¬ 
writers  have  in  all  probability  paid  in  the  £130,000. 

The  second  underwriters  underwrite  the  first  underwriters 
also  any  additional  sum  to  the  amount  of  the  total  capital,  there¬ 
fore  as  I  interpret  it  the  second  underwriters,  are  the  men  wfto 
want  the  additional  protection,  and  have  aqked  for  delay  in  order 
that  private  subscriptions  may  be  secured  of  sufficient  amount  to 
secure  tham  for  the  Amount  that  was-  not  taXei  by  the  first  under¬ 
writers,  say  £40,000. 

Upon  this  vj.ew  there  is  no  ^reason  whjrour  Company  should 
feel  apprehensive,  for  we  are  eecured  by  the  first  underwriters, 

xs:*J.&g:  "“na  - 



New  York,  February  4th,  1898. 

By  daar  Ur.  Moriarty:- 

In  reply  to  your  letters  of  January  19th,  21at  and  26th, 

I  thank  you  for  the  various  information,  and  for  the  kind  words 
contained  in  your  letter  of  the  2dat,  for  it  la  a  pleasure  to  feel 
that  one’s  efforts,  are  appreciated. 

Your  wishes  in  regard  to  Mr.  Annan,  will  be  carried  but, 
should  he  oall  upon  me,  but  I  am  inclined  to  think  that  he  will  go 
to  Mr.  Searles  without  ooming  to  our  office,  in  that  case  it  la 
more  than  likely  I  shall  not  see  him,  but  yesterday  in  talking  to 
Mr.  Searles,  I  referred  to  the  fact  that  Mr.  Annan  would  be  here 
to-. day,  and  called  his  attention  to  the  different  points  you  ■ 
suggest,  and  he  said  that  he  eertainly  would  hold  the  Company  as 
well  as  yourself. 

I  referred  to  the  Duplicator  in  my  last  letter,  and  the 
Agreement  is  not  yet  drawn  up. 

I  wrote  you  that  Mr.  Oress  had  gone  away,  but  I  requested 
his  Son  to  write  him,  and  ask  for  a  proposition. 

His  Son  has  just  called,  and  I  shall  endeavor  to 
take  him  to  see  Mr  Searles  this  afternoon  or  to-morrow. 

His  son  stated  that  his  father  instructed  him  to  make 
two  propositions,  a  memorandum  of  which  I  enclose. 

The  First,  in  my  opinion  is  otit  of  the  question,  mid  the 
second  can  probably  be  modified,  my  main  idea  being,  to  induce  him 
to  make  sane  sort  of  a  proposition  that  would  srat  the  negotiations 

_  Searl9a  was  a*ral4  that  “  in^udi oious  to  aakx 


ask  him  to  make  a  proposition,  as  ha  might  not  be  able  to  easily 

recede  from  his  figures,  but  I  saw  no  way  of  reaohing  the  matter 
on  ao count  of  his  absenoe,  without  causing  delay  ,  which  is  to  be 
avoided  at  the  present  time,  therefore  I  feel  that  it  was  the  best 
thing  to  do,  and  1  think  we  can  reach  a  Conclusion. 

There  is  one  point  that  bothering  me,  if  you  and  Mr* 
Searles  advance  the  money  fpr  the  Duplicator  and  Multiple*  patents* 
the  contracts  should  not  be  made  in  the  name  of  the  Company,  if  the 
patentB  are  to  belong  to  you  andMr.  Searles,  but  in  view  of  the 
Agreements,  I  think  they  cannot  be  kept  separate,  at  all  events  I 
will  have  to  think  this  over. 

You  say  you  require  these  Patents  for  Croat  Britain,  only 
and  the- situation  might  be  solved  by  making  two  separate  agreemertts 
one  for  Great  Britain  and  another  for  all  other  countries,  if  the 
patents  are  purchased  for  them. 

While  you  require  the  patents  now  for  Great  Britain,  it 
may  be  deBirabls  to  take  all  foreign  countries  for  thO  Multiplex, 
the  Dpplioator  I  have  given  yon  an  outline  of  in  my  preVioup  letter 
I  am  very  glad  that  the  moat  important  men  were  brought 
in  by  you,  and  am  glad  to  see  Sir  Francis  Knollys  name  on  the 
Prospectus,  it  is  a  very  fine  looking  Prospeotus. 

Mr.  Searles  has  not  answered  your  cable  of  yesterday  in 
regard  to  the  10,000  machines,  as  he  is  trying  to  see  Mr*  FdisOn 

multiplex.  I  took  Mr.  Gross's  son  to  see  Mr.  Searles  this  after 
noon,  and  have  just  returned. 

The  result  is,  that  Mr.  Grass  will  write  hie  father  ask¬ 
ing  him  to  make  us  a  price  for  manufacturing  the  Multiplex  portion 
without  the  body  of  the  phonograph. 

We  explained  to  him  that  the  Company  owned  the  Phonograph 
Patents,  therefore  they  had  no  right  to  ship  any  portion  of  the 
Phonograph  to  foreign  countries,  and  that  the  Multiplex  was  useless 
without  th.  phonograph  ,  and  that  even  though  we  should  purchase 
the  patent,  (the  figure  was  not  discussed),  we  might  want  him  to 
manufacture  the  Multiplex  portion  anyhow. 

Mr.  Searle.  told  him  when  he  found  out  that  hie  father 
sold  Georgia  Pin.  Lumber,  1-W  hJMhe  would  have  something 

to  say  to  his  father  very  eoon^eo  ttafl  am  in  hope,  of  getting 
down  to  some  reasonable  figure  in  a  few  days. 

Yours  very  truly. 



Proposition*  mads  by  0.  V,  Grass,  through  hia  son  to  Mr,  G.N. 

Morlson,  in  Now  York,  February  4th,  1898, 

l,t  PR0P03I*I°HJ  Mr.  Gross  offers  to  sell  his  patents  for  his 
Multiplex  Phonograph  and  his  Weight-motor—slot- 
Phonograph  in  consideration  of  an  order  to  him  for 
5,000  tops,  which  is  the  body  of  the  phonogrq>h  and 
the  Multiplex  combined  for  the  sum  of  #25,-  sash, 
1,000  to  be  delivered  each  year,  for  all  fttrefcgn 
countries  outside  of  the  United  States  , 

His  list  price  for  the  Multiplex  Phonograph  is  $75,00 

8md  PROPOSITION!  Mr.  Oress  offers  to  sell  his  patents  for.  the 

Mtiliplex  Phonograph  and  the  Welght-motor-slot-phono- 
graph  for  all  foreign  countries  for  the  sum  of 

Mr.  dress  would  oonslder  a  proposition  fbr  his 
patents,  or  would  form  a  company  for  the  United 
States,  and  has  an  order  now  for  100  of  his  weight 
motor  Multiplex  Automat is  phonograph. 

He  does  not  sell  his  machines,  but  leases  them  upon 
a  renatl  of  $6.00  a  month,  this  would  nst  #600,-  a 
month  fcr  the  100  machines,  and  the  minimum  duration 
lease  is  one  year. 

&.rS/xu'Zj.  7hznWen(i  ZTtomMjZ: Zjf/tAOH'.  0 TfiJJ/a'riilon/,  Stcntaei/. 

London,  England. 
Dear  Sir:~ 

aoknowledgement  of  cable. 

We  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  the  following  cable. 
UNIFHONE,  N.  Y.  FEBRUARY  5th,  1898. 



Which  we  translate  ns  follows 


Yours  wery~  truly., 

tf/ZZ  /'/  'S  o-* 


Jb/jw  S.  $yj/r//:,J,, 

JZ7/ima*fy,  %!» 

jWWviuny  Siimtm-.' 

Y.  eStmtsfiwy. 

WMt/m/lrMJhti/c,  Wrc, 




Z/a/y l/or/fYs 

-Fa  b  ruar-y-5 1  h  ,--18  9  an 

S.  F.  Moriarty,  Esq., 
London,  England. 
Dear  Sir:- 

We  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  t,he  following  cable. 
UNI  PHONE,  N.  Y.  FEBRUARY  3rd,  1898. 

Which  we  translate  as  follows 


Yours  very  truly, 


New  York,  February  8th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr.  Moriarty:-  PERSONA!. 

Mr.  Annan  called  yesterday  afternoon  upon  Mr. 

Searles  for  the  first  time,  therefore  as  he  had  arrived  by  the 
Steamship  * TEUTONIC  on  Thursday,  Februaryv3rd,  and  had  not  pre¬ 
sented  himself  at  once,  I  felt  that  he  was  acting  independently,  as 
events  have  proved. 

«r.  searles  was  informed  on -Saturday  by  Gilmore  personally 
while  the  former^  was  at  the  Works,  that  a  man  had  called  there, 
who  had  expressed  himself  as  having  heard  unfavorable  reports  in 
regard  to  you,  and  intended  cabling  to  London  to  that  effeot, 
therefore  I  was  inclined  to  the  belief  that  that  man  was  Mr.  Annan- 

. Mr*  30arle8  Jested  to  me  yesterday  that  he  held  you  up  to 

Mr  Annan,  and  statedAthat  "We  were  back  of  him*  meaning  that  Mr. 
Searles  was  baok  of  you. 

Mr  Annan  said  something  to  the  following  effect;-as  near 
as  I  can  remember,  namely 

That  he  (Annaii)  bad  held  you  up  for  three  weeks,  and  that 
he  became  enthused  over  the  business,  but  that  his  friends  would 
not  take  to  it,  that  the  English  people  did  not  like  you  or  your 

Mr  Annan  told  Mr  Searles  some  things  that  he  had  heard 
here  in  regard  to  you,  but  Mr.  Gearies  has  not  tfcld  me  what  they 
are,  but  Annan  Said,  in  not  a  very  positive  way,  that  he  thought 
your  scheme  would  go  through,  and  Mr.  Searles  was  disappointed  at 
the  doubtful  way  Annan  spoke,  and^calling  it  a  "scheme*. 


Mr  Annan  exploded  a  bomb-shell,  when  he  said  to  Mr 

Searles,  that  he  had  received  a  cable  from  his  partner  on  Saturday 
February  5th,  to  the  effect  that  only  about  one-half  of  the  money 
had  been  subscribed* 

I  confess  that  this  was  an  extraordinary  statement  in  the 
face  of  your  letter  to  Mr  Searles  of  January  29th,  your  cable  of 
January  26th,  etc,  etc,  and  Mr.  Searles  did  not  know  what  to  make 
of  it,  and  I  admit  that  I  was  greatly  surprised  myself,  but  I  know 
that  you  are  heart  and  soul  in  this  business,  and  1  believe  you 
will  accomplish  what  you  started  out  to  do,  however  Mr  Searles  dic¬ 
tated  a  cable  to  you,  which  I  sent  off  yesterday  evening,  it  reads 
as  follows :-MORIARTY,  PHONOGRAPH, 




I  have  no  doubt  that  I  will  hear  to-day  that  Mr  Searles 

has  received  a  re-assuring  reply  from  you,  and  I  regret  that  this 
has  happened,  because  Mr  Searles  was  beginning  to  take  a  great 
interest  in  the  business,  and  beginning  to  believe  that  everything 

that  has  been  reported  can  be  thoroughly  relied  upon,  especially 
as  we  are  about  making  contracts  with  Bettini,  Gross  and  possibly 
Edison,  which  ought  to  strengthen  our  patent  position  very  muoh. 

Mr  Searles  spent  nearly  the  whole  day  at  the  Works  witt 
Edison  on  Saturday,  February  5th,  and  the  most  he  could  do  in  re- 
sard  to  the  outfit  of  the  Work.,  was  to  pet  him  to  say  that 


h0  would-  give  us  one^hird,  although  he  tried  to  get  one-half  of 
the  machines,  but  if  we  send  in  plenty  of  ordera,  we  can  get  more 
favor,  and  Mr  Searles  atill  thinks,  that  we  can  get  all  that  we 
require,  when  we  show  business. 

You  seem  to  think  that  an  order  of  10,000  raachinessof 
the  No. 2  type,  ought  to  be  sufficient  inducement  for  Edison  to  drop 
hia  other  customers,  and  give  us  the  preference,  but  he  has  order, 
in  from  the  National  Company  for  10,000  maohines,  and  he  is  behind 
on  hia  ordera  for  the  "HOME"  phonograph 

Mr  Searles  says  that  Edison  is  successful  in  his  iron 
business,  and  Edison  stated  to  him  that  he  did  not  want  a  partner 
now,  that  he  was  making  money,  or  had  all  the  money  he  wants, 
something  to  that  effect,  that  he  might  have  considered  such  a 
proposition,  if  it  had  been  urged  a  few  weeks  ago  when  he  saw  Mr 
Searles,  but  that  thinga  have  changed  since  then. 

The  National  Company  have  spent  aboitt  $12,000.  in 
machinery  for  the  new  machine,  therefore  Edison  say.  that  they  are 
entitled  to  sane  concession  in  pride  on  machines  on  this  account, 
but  that  he  can  cheapen  them  very  muc*  by  buying  more  machinery  Pf 
improved  pattern  for  manufacture  of  this  No>E  machine,  and  that 
if  Mr  Searles  or  our  Company,  will  buy  aboui  $15,000..,  worth,  or 
give  him  $15,000.  to  purchase  machinery,  we  would  be  entitled  to 
a  corresponding  concession  in  price  of  machines,  so  that  the  Nation^ 
Company  would  have  no  advantage  over  u.J  in  dddition  to  which  the 
actual  cost  of  making  these  machined,  ***  *  all  probWriMty  ^ 

be  much  lees. 

Edisoq  ha?  a  new  Automatic  Machine,  whioh  doeB  the  work 
of  a  number  of  men,  and  .make?  a  number  of  parts  of  the  machine  in 
one  operation,  and  I  do  not  believe  that  anyone  will  be  able  to 
manufacture  Phonographs  as  cheap  or  itS  good  as  Edison. 

I  hear  that  the  Grkphoph'one  people  wanted  Edison  to  Join 
tHem*  or  affiliate  himself  with  them  in  some  Way,  And  when  Mr 
Searles  told  Edison  that  he  knew  the  Gpaphophons  people  had  been 
out  there  for  this  purpose,  Edison, was  much  surprised  that  he  had 
found  it  out. 

Mr  Searles  said  that  the  Graphophone  Company  were  buying 
the  v?Home "Phonograph  from  the  National  Company,  and  considered  it 
a  better  machine  than  theirs,  therefore  they  were  exchanging^any 
Graphophone*  sold  to  their  customer*,  and  allowing  $5, oo'f^andeell- 
ingAin  exohange  a  "HOME"  Phonograph. 

I  negleoted  to  aay  that  Ediibn  remarked  to  Mr  Searles 
that  if  he  did  need  a  partneh,  (j  'belieVei  this  referred  to  the 
United  State*;)  that  HW  kniw  of  no  tnari  ih  Am&ridii  that  he  would 
rather  l^ave  than  Mr  dearies, 

I  believe  that  -Mr  Searles^  s,in  faVor  of  opening  a  place 
in  Paris,  and  stocking  it  with  Edison  Machine**  arid  taking  whatever 
business  we  can  ge.t,  beoariste  Edison  -makes  the  best  mAchines,  Ahd 
will  make  them  oheaper  than  anyone  else,  and  Mr  Searles  thinks  that 
if  we  are  satisfied  with  *  -fair  profit,  W  op  probabl-y  re-establihA- 
ourselves  there,  or  at  .least  -get -a  goo.df  4aW  of  the,  business.,: 

The  cable  which  t  sent  you  on  Sunday,  was  written  by  Mr 
Series  while  X  was  at  MS  hbuse  in  Brooklyn,  on  that  day,  also 
the  cable,  sent  at  the  Same  time,  in  his  name. 

I  wejjf  there  because  I  realized  the  importance  of  your 
having  a  cable  by  Monday  morning,  and  Mr  Searles  was  at  the. Works 
fill  day  Saturday,  eo  that  I  could  not  reach  him. 

The  price  pamed  in.  the  cable,  for  No.2  machines  was 
$10.00,  and  Mr.  Searles  wanted  it  understood,  that  this  was  the 
price  he  fixed  to  charge  the  new  Company,  leaving  it  to  him  to  say 
what  profit  here  we  would  be  satisfied  with,  but  I  objected  to  this 
and  in  consequence  a  second  cable  was  sent  you  signed  by  him, 
giving  you  some  idea  at  least,  of  what  the  cost  to  the  United 
Company  was  likely  to  be. 

Referring  to  the  visit  of  the  Graphophone  people,  Mr. 
Searles  said  to  Edison  -You  have  a  better  machine,  and  can  make  it 
"cheaper,  and  their  work  is  rough,  etc,  and  you  would  not  be  foolish 
ehough  to  do  that".  Mr  Edison  said  he  would  not. 

I  am  afrpid  this  letter  is  a  little  disqonneeted,  but  I 
conclude  you  will' understand  it. 

Mr.  Searles  in  talking  to  Edison  about  our  order  for 
10,000  machine,  tried  to  get  as  much  of  the  output  as  possible, 
but  the  best  he  could  do,  on  this  order  was  fifty  machines  per  day 

Msnsh  15th,  he  did  w  „„  ^  u 

»«.  »..n  insisted,  it  w.t  be  dons,  that  if  the 

8n.  „d.„,  tbs,  ,  „u  lf  th<y  (o 


Edison . Mi A  that  tha  Works  at  present  can  turn  Out  100 
maohlnes  per  day,  and  by  working  at  night  100  more,  and  Edison 
thought  that  we  really  meant  business  now. 

In  regard  to  Coates,  Mr.  Searles  does  not  think  much  of 
your  remarks  to  the  effect  that  Mr.  Coates  as  a  Director  has  put 
himself  in  a  serious  position. 

He  thinks  Coates  got  the  best  of  you,  and  you  did  not 
enclose  either  to  we,  or  to  Mr.  Searles,  the  copy  of  receipt,  signed 
by  Mr.  Coates. 

Is  it  the  intention  of  the  New  Company  to  order  any  other 
styles  of  machines,  than  the  No. 2  type,  say  a  few  •HOMES*,  and 
aould  you  send  Us  bn  order  for  any  quantity  of  the  Multiplex 

Yours  very  truly. 

P.S.  Edison  talks  as  he  always  used  to  do  in  a  very  plausible  way 
to  V^r.  ffearie s, and  Mr»  Searles  septs  to  feel  that  Edison  will  do 
-what  he  sayf,  but  I  cannot  get  over  a  distrust;  of  him,  and^ithe 
only  thing  to  do  is  to  watch  every  move  as  closely  as  possible. 

It  would  be  an  advantageous  thing  tiling  if  we  could  get  a 
good  foot-hold  in  the  United  States,  or  bettei]  still  the  controlling 
interest  in  the  Works,  but  I  suppose  that  is  impossible.  (/ 

Edison  said  to  Ur  Searles  he  did  not  see  how  he  could 
prevent  machines  going  abroad,  but  that  if  any  orders  a  came  in  for 
export,  he  would  turn  them  over  to  our  Company,  but  I  do  not  think 
I  have  yet  succeeded  in  making  Mr  Searles  thoroughly  appreciate 
that  notwithstanding  Edison's  remark,  that  no  machines  go  out  ex¬ 
cept  through  the  National  Company,  that  they  the  National  sell  to 

the  Edison  Manufacturing  Company,  and  the  latter  are  not  very 

scrupulous  about  who  they  sell  to. 

How  are  negotiations  progressing  for  France?  are  they 

likely  to  develop  soon,  and  what  do  you  think  about  this  Company 
establishing  an  Agency  or  Depot  there. 

Referring  to  the  portion  of  this  letter  relating  to  Mr. 

Edison  having  plenty  of  money,  1  cannotAfeeling  that  he  may  be 

trying  to  make  Mr  Searles  believe  that  he  is  independant,  with  a 
view  to  getting  more  ou»  of  him,  and  I  shall  post  him  in  regird  to 



.  /  /■ 

2/  /'  7-'C 

I  have  just  returned  from  Mr.  Searles  office,  and  read  your  cable 

of  February  8-^h,  and  which  has  very  much  re-assured  Mr  Searles. 


He  wanted  to  know  whether  I  thought  *we  could^up  to  that 
Now*,  and  I  said  ,  *oh  yes*  that  I  had  always  found  that  Mr. 
Moriarty  came  out  right  in  the  end,  but  he  thought  it  was  a  long 

(Ufo/t/w/t'  T/iortartyr  for  Zi-nif/n/A 

Jftmuujd  St/utmt 


§.  7&M>Moni  Seetvtwy, 

7$u//im/r7tt>’M/A:l  JnaMtmK 

S-E-Moriarty  Esq.  . 

London,  Eng. 

Dear  sir: 

I  have  none  of  your  mail  advices  to  reply  to  .  I  duly  recoiv 
ed.  your  oable  of  the  8th.  advising  the  position  of  the  subscription, 
whioh  I  have  not  been  able  to  interpret  clearly  ,  in  the  light  of  your 
former  advices- 

On  the  80th.  of  January  you  cabled  that^l.30,000  cash  subscriptions 
were  already  in  the  bank-  on  the  31st-  you  cabled  "matters  completed, 
only  awaiting  your  word  to  sign  documents" ,  while  your  last  cable  states 
that  118,000  were  absolutely  secured-  You  state,  however,  that  the 
balance  will  be  secured  before  Saturday  and  that  you  will  positively 
go  to  the  public  on  Wednesday  next. 

I  trust  there  will  be  no  further  disappointment  and  that  I  shall 
have,  tomorrow,  advices  that  the  subscription  is  closed,  as  you  state- 

2.1r-  Morrison  presented  your  cable  ashing  for  funds  to  meet  patent 
expenses  etc  and  I  authorized  him  to  remit  you  100  Pds-  today. 

I  am  embarrassed  through  the  lack  of  order  for  10,000  machines,  which 
1  expected  this .week,  and  concerning  which  Edison  has  written  me  to 
know  why  he  does  not  get  it,  stating  that  the  time  named  for  delivery 
of  machines  was  based  on  immediate  receipt  of  the  order,  in  the  absence 
of  which  he  cannot  promise  to  deliver  at  the  time  named  inasmuch  as  ho 
will  be  obliged  to  receive  other  orders-  On  this  point,  also,  I  hope  to 

4fi/w<£$ear/eA  fflrMt/twfi  J7tom(0.Si7 &6iam  &  ffiffOmikm  $ecmfary. 

Sa/t/ten V  J:  7/fom rr/y,  $0,  AmU  Mmory  7$»//im/tJM3uM/n  ,%Zm  uh>k 

hoar  from  you  not  later  than  Monday  next. 

I  remain 

Yours  very  truly, 

New  York,  February  11th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr.  Morfcarty:-  PERSONAL. 

Your  oable  of  February  10th,  was  received  yesterday,  and 
1  oommunioated  with  Mr.  Searlea  at  onoa,  but  was  unable  to  talk 
with  him  until  late  in  the  afternoon,  as  he  did  not  wish  to  talk 
about  it  until  then. 

He  objected  to  sending  arjy  more  money,  and  I  was  unable 
to  get  it  last  night,  but  went  down  again  to  Bee  him  this  morning, 
and  succeeded  in.  getting  a  Hundred  Pounds  sterling. 

Your  cable  provoked  him,  and  he  called  my  attention  to 


your  oable  of  January  26th,  which^interpreted  to  mean  that  £130,000 
in  cash  had  been  lodged  in  bank. 

I  replied  that  the  oable  reads  th^t  cash  subscriptions 
were  lodged  in  bank,  but  he  understood  it  to  mean  oash,  and  said 
that  it  did  not  tally  with  your  letter  to  him  of  January  29th,  he 
also  reed  various  other  of  your  telegrams,  and  he  thought  that  all 
of  your  positive  statements  had  not  been  carried  out,  that  the  day 
for  going  to  the  public^: ihad  been  postponed  several  times,  and  he 
did  not  believe  you  would  go  th  the  public  newt  Wednesday,  but  I 
told  him  you  were  paying  your  own  expenses  over  there,  and  you  had 
•n  office  staff  to  pay,  as  well  as  drafts  for  patents,  one  of  wh*oh 
was  presented  when  I  was  in  London,  but  without  going  any  further 
in^detalle,  he  Inti  mehave  £100.  this  morning. 

1  Hope  you  will  be  able  to  go  to  the  public  next  Wednesday 
•s  stated,  and  that  all  jour  eubsariptlona  dill  oorae  in  this  week. 

I  am  e firry  that  Mr;  Annan  did  not  Bpeak  of  the  business 
with  more  enthusiasm,  as  Mr.  Searles  feelB  that  the  negotiation  has 
been  continued  a  long  time,  and  he  is  afraid  to  put  any  more  money 
in  it,  although  it  is  not  possible  for  you  to  foresee  every  delay 
or  set-baok  that  may  occur,  and  I  explained  to  Mr.  Searles  ihat  you 
were  doing  your  very  utmost  and  spending  your  own  money  to  mdkls  it 
a  suooess  as  soon  as  possible. 

Mr.  Searles  has  just  received  a  letter  from  Mr  Edison, 
in  which  he  Btated  that  if  an  order  was  not  forthcoming  immediately 
he  would  have  to  extend  the  time  of  delivery,  so  1  hope  that  you 
will  be  able  to  oSble  this  order  at  the  very  earliest  opportunity 
because  as  matters  stand  now,  Edison  is  liable- togo  baok  on  his 
assurances  to  Mr  Searles*  and  put  other  orders  in  ahead  of  us,  and 
nothing  but  »r  bona  fide  order  will  make  him  believe  we  mean 
business.,  and  I  am  afraid  now  that  other!  matters  will  be  delayed 
untiir.the  public  Issue  or  the  subscriptions  are  positively  assured. 

Vows  very  trhly, 

Z* // Z'Z l-crt. 

P.S.  To-morrow  is  a  legal  holiday,  Lincoln's  Birthday. 

New  York, 

February,  44th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr.  Moriarty:-  PERSONAL. 

I  think  1  neglected  to  say  to  you  a  shart  time  ago, 
when  I  wrote  you,  that  Mr  Searlea  had  paid  over  to  J.  &  .w,  Seligman 
*  Co.,  Borne  twenty  odd  thousand  Dollars,  that  I  had  met  Mr  Isaac 
Seligman  on  the  Street,  and  in  reply  to  his  question,  aa  to  wftdrt 
matters  would  be  completed  abroad,  I  said  ,  before  a  great  while, 
and  he  said  a  month  or  two,  I  said  yes, possibly,  and  my  object  in 
calling  your  attention  to  this  now,  is,,  that  I  am  of  the  opinion, 
that  the  Seligmans  are  quite  satisfied  with  that  statement,  in 
other  words  I  see  no  probability  of  their  insisting  upon  further 
payments  immediatelly  from  Mr  Searlea. 

T  think  I  stated  to  you,  that  Mr  Searles  informed  them, 
when  I  was  in  London,  that  I  had  gone  abroad,  and  that  he  was  await¬ 
ing  my  return,  or  something  to  that  effect,  with  a  view  to  putting 
off  payment  of  the  whole  sum.  Henry  Seligman  also  said  something 
of  this  sort  to  me  when  I  was  over  there,  and  they  were  aware  that 
you  had  successful  negotiations  on  hand. 

New  York, 

February  15th, 1898. 

My  dear  Mr.  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

I  am  duly  in  reeeipt  of  your  letter  of  February  4th,  with 
oopies  of  letters  to  Mr  Searlea  of  February  3rd  and  4th,  also 
letter  of  Mr  George  Riddell,  dated  January  31st,  with  copy  of 
receipt  of  Edward  F.  Coatea  for  £1,000,  and  dopy  of  Mr  Riddell's 
letter  to  Mr  £udwig  Stollwerok,  dated  February  3rd,  arid  copies  of 
cables  from  Mr  Searles  to  you,  dated  February  3rd,  and  your  eable 
to  Mr.  Searles,  dated  February  4th,  for  all  of  which,  I  thank  you. 

Mr.  Searles  did  not  volunteer  any  oomment  on  these  letter^ 
but  I  handed  him  the  copy  which  I  made  of  the  receipt  of  Mr  Coates 
and  showed  him  Mr  Riddell's  original  letter  to  you,  and  as  he  did 
not  appear  to  be  inclined  to  discuss  these  matters,  when  I  saw  him 
this  morning,  I  concluded  to  wait  for  a  more  opportune  time,  I  do 
not  know  however,  but  that  it  is  just  as  well  not  to  discuss  the 
ups  and  downs  too  much. 

We  have  not  yet  heard  from  Mr  Gress,  but  I  an  going  to 
see  him  to-morrow  morning,  or  rather  to  see  his  son,  and  will 
write  you  by  next  mail. 

What  an  outrageous  thing  that  was  on  the  part  of  Stoll- 

werck  to  try  to  prejudice  the  members  of  the  New  Company,  and  I 

judge  that  Mr.  Riddell's  letter  will  be  in  the  nature  of  a  surpris 

Stii^nl^nS0*  *n0W  *hat  Mr  SearleB  had  cabled  you  for  £20000. 
until  your  copy  of  eable  was  received  yesterday. 

I  am  endeavoring,  as  you  suggest,  to  oarry  out  your 
wishes,  and  1  think  we  have  success  very  near  at  hand,  but  if  Mr 

ZTilZT aisplM  * li,u*  '  4£rla  15 

New  York,  February  18th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

What  a  fortunate  thing  it  was  that  you  were  able  to 
show  Stollwerck  up  in  his  true  light,  it  certainly  was  the  most 
outrageous  thing  X  ever  heard  of. 

Can  you  let  me  know  whether  any  payments  will  be  made  to 
Mr  Searles  before  the  final  payment  of  the  subscribers,  that  is  to 
say,  after  you  have  received  the  10  %  required  on  application,  and 
the  30  %  upon  allotment;  because  he  is  under  the  impression,  that 
money  will  be  sent  to  the  Western  National  Bank,  as  you  get  it  in, 
and  one  of  your  letters  to  me,  stated,  that  no  money  would  be  re¬ 
mitted  until  "all  these  matters  are  completed*. 

Your  cable  of  yesterday,  was  a  disappointment  to  Mr 
Searles,  if  the  issue  is  postponed  until  next  week. 

CABLES  TO  THE  COMPANY,  because  I  write  you  just  as  one  friend  talks 
to  another,  not  in  a  formal  Company  way,  and  I  generally  refer  to 
my  former  letters  to  you,  if  I  feel  ln  doubt  at  any  time. 

Do  I  understand  as  matters  are  to  date  that  we  shall  be 
obliged,  or  rather  the  Company  to  underwrite  the  £20,000. 

Yourp  very  truly, 

PiS.  i 


,  -auruary  ABtn,  1898. 

sty  dear  Mr  Mori  arty:-  PERSONAL. 

I  wont  up  t.  e.e  ur  Ureas*  son,  February  16th,  to  .seer, 
tetn  ehether  he  had  hoard  free,  hi,  fathar  t„  to  ,al„ 
of  hi.  Patent,  to  the  United  Co»p„y,  „„„  ^  ^ 

h.«rd,  end  that  hi.  father  oould  not  eny  .B„s.  in 
eitton  a lready,  hut  that  if  realty  „..„t  a. 
huet™..  with  hi„,  ...e  .»  fc„ 

I  told  hi.  to  .rite  M,  fl,,h,r  „  „„„  „  C0M  ^  ^ 

”  "r‘  ‘n  "™“t  *”  ,h*  “***>■.  »-  hunt  to  eo™  u,  .on- 

elusion  with  him,  if  possible  ao  t  . 

J  BSioxe,  so  I  am  in  hopes  he  will  be  here 

early  next  week. 

I  am  trying  to  buy  from  him  another  Multiplex,  but  there 
seems  to  be  sane  delay  about  it,  and  I  think  the-  are  somewhat 
loath  to  let  us  have  the  machine  until  we  cone  tf  some  decision 

purchase  of  Ihe  patents,  I  will  however  ship  one  by  next 
Wednesday  steamer,  if  j  oan  get  lt> 

I  told  Mr  Searlea  that  I  h.j  hi„,„  Br.  „„..* 
to  .rite  hie  father  ooo.  on  Mediately, 

I  enoloae  a  .lipping  fro.  the  Bail  *  Hrpre.e  y,irmry 

16th,  relating  a,  given  b,  th.  Ora™,ho„.  ^ 

shows  what  they  are  doing. 

Yours  very  truly, 


7,Jn-.l<'</cnK  <37/orn(UJfft  $.  7iifflm40m  G$*»vta/ry. 

ffifMW  'ZFftlmbrfy,  %*  to  Muon/  3Mmf  WSudn/t^M^uO^  JZmitm* 

London,  England 
Dear  Sir:- 


We  bog  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  the  following  cable. 




Which  we  translate  as  follows:- 

Have  received  your  letter  February  8th  Annans  prejudice  oreated  by 
Seligman  Bros,  through  Robert  Fleming  intimate  friend  Annans. 
Seligman  Bros,  tried  hurt  Company  and  me  entire  underwriting  com¬ 
pleted  closed  today  by  EdisonBell  and  ourselves.  Legal  formalities 
necessitate  change  EdisonBell  agreement  delaying  public  issue  five 
dayB.  Everything  arranged  press  Exhibition  Wednesday,  public  issue 
Saturday,  close  Tuesday.  Explanatory  letters  were  duly  mailed 

jfrJm  &fMmr/t. a  Baut/tvif, 
Ste/i/uM  £7/tmwty  t$» 


3%cmeUJ&  Sefatont  S.  Tlffllmtom  eSW/®/y. 

m*th«  Wnt/rn'/tJMfca/e, 

Youre  very  truly, 

/$/'/' 2  S'J T<rt>  t-J-a-vU 


New  York,  February  19th, 1898. 

Mori arty:-  PERSONAL 

I  called  in  to  see  Ore as '  son  this  morning,  and 
the  reason  for  not  shipping  the  maohine,  was  due  to  the 
he  had  an  order  for  all  of  the  machines  he  had  in  stock, 
and  could  not  let  me  have  one  of  them,  but  has  promised  to  ship  one 
by  next  Wednesday's  steaimr. 

He  has  a  glass  in  a  good  solid  frame,  which  is  placed  on 
top  of  the  cabinet,  one  of  which  I  will  send  you,  also  I  will  send 
an  attaohmentnwhich  can  be  placed  in  a  hole  *h  top  of  the  cabinet, 
so  that  in  case  you  do  not  want  to  use  a  horn  with  it,  it  can  be 
used  with  the  tube,  there  is  a  spring  which  comes  with  it,  that 
prevents  the  tube  -from  bending  too  much-,- but-  of  course  you  will 
know  how  to  rig  it  up. 

Yours  very  truly, 


My  dear  Mr 

found  that 
faot,  that 

New  York,  February  19th, 1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty:-  PEROSNAL. 

Your. cable  to  Mr  Searlee  was  received  last  evening, 
and  the  money  has  been  cabled  as  directed  to  the  London  Weatminster 
Bank  to  Moriarty,  Dexter,  Edisen-Bell  Underwriting  Aocount. 

When  I  asked  Mr  Searles  what  his  cable  wa3  about,  he 
said  it  was  a  staggerer,  and  he  thinks  he  is  putting  in  a  good  deal 
otf  money  now,  so  that  all  these  thinga  will  delay  our  obtaining 
the  duplicator  patents,  and  no  doubt  the  Multiplex,  which  I  regret, 
because  in  dealing  with  these  men  they  think  we  are  fooling  when  we 
do  not  eome  up  to  the  mark. 

Your  oable  leads  Mr  Searles  and  myself  too,  to  the  belie^- 
that  somebody,  josstbly  Annan,  has  gone  back  an  you,  and  I  discussed 
the  matter  with  hiw,  and  told  him  you  could  not  be  held  responsible 
for  any  such  thing  as  that,  that  I  knew  you  were  doing  your  utmost 
and  that  Mr  Riddell  was  a  very  sh'ewd  Lawyer  and  was  back  of  you,  bu£- 
X  hope  that  everything  will  go  through  now  as  arranged'. 

g  Mr  S0arlea  mad®/  8°rae  comment  in  regard  to^signjngjjthe 
cable,  Moriarty,  Riddell,'  I  eaid  that  that  was  done  to  re-inforc. 

I  presume  you  will  oable  if  the  issue  is  well  taken  by 
the  public,  and  exactly  how  mueh,  so  thatvwe  Can  understand  it. 

It  is  a  surprise  that  the  Ediaon-Bell  have  underwritten 
so  much,  and>- 1  said  to  Mr  Searlea  that  this  was  a  pretty  good  indi¬ 
cation  to  me*  that  the  Edison-Bell  thought  well  of  the  enterprise., 
and  vie  Seales  remarked  that  -well  they  sold  Out"  I  replied,  yes 

and  they  were  compelled  to. 

Mr  Searlen  realize,  that  if  the  public  should  not  sub¬ 
scribe  fully,  that  we  would  be  obliged  to  take  this  25000,  and  1 
said  to  Mr  Searles,  that  even  looking  at  the  matter  in  the  worst 
possible  light,  and  that  even  if  we  should  oh^y  get  half  the  amount 
we  expected  in  cash,  we  would  still  be  doing  well,  but  he  .till 
talk,  in  a  very  skeptical  way  of  the  thing  going  through. at  all, 
and  he  seems  sincere,  but  sometimes  I  think  it  may  be  done  for  the 
purpose  of  drawing  me  out,  and  I  have  this  before  me  all  the  time. 

Mr.  Searles  spent  over  three  hours  yesterday  with  the 
Cotton  men,  and  quite  a  length  of  time  the  day  befbre,  and  the  day 
before  that,  and  I  will  toll"  you  a  little  secret. 

Their  b*nk  book  shows  four  or  five  pages  of  deposits, 
none  of  which  are  under  $10,000.  Now  this  is  for  your  own  personal 
information,  no  one  else,  so  I  wish  you  would  lust  destroy  tm. 

New  York,  February  23rd,  1898 

Uy  dear  Ur.  Moriarty:- 

Your  letters  of  February  11th,  with  copy  of  letter  to  Mr 
Searles  is  duly  received,  and  it  is  really  very  trying  indeed, 
that  such  very  unusual  circumstances  should  ooour  detrimental  to 
the  profits  of  the  business, 

Stollwerok's  action  was  moBt  outrageous,  and  I  do  not 
know  how. far  Mr  Annan's  influenee  may  have  affected  the  situation, 
but  it  is  a  great  pity  that  he  could  not  have  rested  content  when 
matters  were  progressing  so  favorably. 

Mr.  Annan  called  on  Mr  Searles  on  the  21st  inst.  and  a  tat 
that  you  had  only  180,000  underwritten,  having  received  a  cable 
from  his  partner  to  that  effeat. 

Since  that  ya<  -  sable  was  received  by  Mr  Searles  that 
you  wanted  to  ohange  the  deposit  in  the  Westminster  Bank  to  the 
Moriarty,  Dexter,  Phonograph  Account. 

This  has  oaused  Mr  Searles  some  uneasiness,  and  produces 
a  suspieion  that  possibly  the  Bdi son-Bell  Company  have  withdrawn 
their  160,000  subscription,  in  addition  to  which  Mr  Annan  gave  Mr 
Searles  the  impression  that  as  only  180,000  was  subseribsd,  he 
Annan,  thought  the  matter  was  net  likely  to  go  through,  but  when 
Mr  Searles  told  him  that  he  has  subseribsd  125,000,  and  remitted 
the  first  payment  of  10#,  Annan  seemed  very  mu  oh  surprised,  but  was 
mueh  pleased  to  hear  it  from  all  appearances. 

I  have  not  seen  Mr  Searles  since  Monday  evening  and  this 
is  Wednesday  morning,  because  the  22nd  was  Washington's  Birthday, 

but  I  hope  to  hear  that  a  cable  has  been  reeeived  from  you  by  Mr 
Searlea,  which  will  be  eatiefactory  to  him,  or  at  least  will  re¬ 
assure  him. 

1  will  see  him  presently  ,  ahd  it  possible  write  you 
again  before  the  mall  oloses. 

I  note  your  remarks  in  regard  to  the  Seligmans,  ahd 
will  await  your  further  advicop, 

I  am  unable  to  write  you  by  this  mail  in  regard  to  the 
House,  on  aooount  of  the  Holiday,  but  I  think  it  will  be  all  right. 

Yours  very  truly, 

/  / 1  /''Vl-rt  ot'rs  'J 

My  dear  Mr  Mori arty: - 

Now  York,  February  23rd,  1898. 

I  have  just  Been  Mr  Searles,  and  everything  is  all 
right  again  in  oonsequenoe  of  your  cable  of  February  22hd, . 

You  certainly  have  had  enough  worry  Over  therO,  and  I 
hope  everything  will  now  go  along  smoothly  . 

1  have  not  time  to  write  more  by  this  nihil. 

Youra  very  tw^. 

)car/ki  MetofatH 

J7tornat)j$  (Se/tMw, 

sMvuutry  SHtrector.' 

&  7ilJ/b/M0n;  S!errefywi/, 

7  W  I  LLI  AM  STREET, 


S.  F.  Moriarty,  Esq., 

London,  England. 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  have  obtained  a  Multiplex  Phonograph  complete  with 
Cabinet,  Horn,  etc,  as  per  bill  enclosed,  amounting  to  #175.00,  and 
whioh  we  could  ship  by  to-morrow's  steamer,  but  as  it  is  the  Ounard 
Line,  and  they  only  carry  freight  to  Liverpool,  the  expanse  would 
be  about  #10.00  to  land  it  at  the  Edison  House,  while  if  we  Bhip  on 
the  American  Line,  as  we  propose  to  do,  the  transportation  charges, 
will  probably  not  exoeed  $5.00. 

We  regret  that  through  a  misunderstanding  a  battery  is 
shipped  with  the  machine,  and  as  it  is  so  securely  packed,  we  think 
it  beBt  to  ldt  it  go,  as  you  can  no  doubt  use  it.  The  cost  of  the 
battery  is  about  $10.00,  and  the  paoking  #5.00. 

We  expect  ,  or  at  least  we  hope  to  get  a  reduction  on 
this  price. 

Our  object  in  shipping  the  machine  in  the  absence  of  any 
direct  order  from  you,  of  recent  date,  is,  that  we  thought  you 
might  have  occasion  to  take  one  to  Germany,  or  to  some  other 

Country.  At  any  rate  you  ought  to  have  more  than  one. 

Yo^s  very  truly. 

New  York,  February  25th,  1898. 

My  Dear  My.  Moriarty:-  PERSONAL. 

I  am  duly  in  reeeipt  of  your  letter  of  February  16th, 
with  eopy  of  letter  to  Mr  Searles. 

We  are  also  in  reoeipt  of  your  cable  of  February  22nd, 
or  rather  Mr  3sarles  la. 

Of  course  your  oable  contains  the  latest  advice*,  but  as 
we  do  not  know  what  your  expenses  fqr  underwriting  ,  outside  of  the 
ffijrwentage  named  in  the  underwriting  circular  are,  or  what  other 
expense*  you  have  been  put  to,  which  will  come  out  of  any  sum  paid 
to  the  United  Company,  we  cannot  form  a  very  accurate  idea  as  to 
how. much  the  JOompany  will  net. 

Mr  Coatea'B  action  is  most  extraordinary,  after  receiving 
•  thousand  Pounds,  to  try  to  break  up  the  underwriting,  in  order 
that  he  may  keep  that  money,  is  most  infameous. 

Suoh  an  action  as  that,  would  give  the  impression  that  he 
has  been  trying  to  work  both  ends,  that  is  Hough  and  this  Company, 
Hough  may  have  made  him  all  sorts  of  promise*,  and  I  congratulate 
you,  that  you  have  been  Able  to  overcome  these  wary  unfortunate 
slrcumstanse*,  and  X  appreciate  how  much  you  must  have  been  worried 
over  the  situation. 

little  notices  have  appeared  in  the  papers  within  a  day 
or  two,  to  die  effect  that  Mr  Searles  is  about  to  sail  for  Europe 
with  his  daughter,  but  at  this  writing,  he  has  not  sailed,  and  I  do 
now  know  that  he  intends  to,  at  all  events,  I  had  only  time  this 

*“  “y  *  •0"‘  *°  hl-  •  ■”*  •”  in  noply  that  h. 

not  go  abroad  without  lotting  me  know,  and  if  he  does  1  will  sable 

The  Cuban  situation  looks  more  threatening,  and  I  stould 
not  think  he  would  leave  the  country,  just  /at  thiB  time. 

I  do  not  understand  how  Mr  Coates  oould  withdraw  his 
underwriting  after  it  was  once  signed,  unless  he  took  the  position 
that  he  did  not  care  whether  you  sued  him  or  not,  whlett  Of  course 
would  be  disasterous. 

Yours  very  truly, 

New  York,  February  25th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Mori arty:-  PERSONAL. 

Mr.  Annan  called  at  our  office  the  day  before  yesterday 
for  the  first  time,  and  Mr  Searlec  wrote  Mr  Edison  to  find  out 
when  he  would  be  at  the  Works,  but  did  not  get  a  reply  until  this 
morning,  so  that  when  Mr  Annan  called  in  to-day,  we  were  able  to 
arrange  to  go  out  there  on  Monday,  February  28th,  On  the  2  O’clock 

Mr  Searles  will  not  be  able  to  go  with .him,  so  I  will 
take  him  out. 

Mr  Annan  requested  permission  to  take  Mr  Fleming  with  us, 
and  as  the  latter  is  one  of  Mr  Annan's  subscribers  to  the  extent 
of  £15,000,  I  assented.  -  "We 

We  will  not  be  able  to  go -.out  earlier  in  the  day,  as  Mr 
Annan  has  an  engagement  with  Mr  Clark  of  the  New  York,  New  Haven 
and  Hartford  Railroad  Company,  in  relation  to,  I  think  he  said, 
some  Bond  matter,  and  I  presume  he  represents  the  English  Bond 

I  will  let  you  know  the  result  of  the  visit  to  the 
factory  by  next  steamer. 

Mr  Annan  has  been  to  Canada,  and  will  have  to  go  again, 
but  whatever  his  business  here,  he  will  be  obliged  to  sail  for 
London,  March  9th,  as  he  is  obliged  to  give  some  important  testi¬ 
mony  in  a  matter  coming  up  in  London  the  last  of  March,  and  it  ic 
of  an  intricate  character. 

The  people  he  does  business  with  here,  in  addition  to 
J.  Kennedy  Todd,  is  Heidelbaek,  IfckeiheiLwer,  and  a  friend  of  Mr 
Annan's  in  London,  is  alBo  a  friend  of  Mr  Edition's,  and  thiB 
friend  wrote  Mr  Edison  that  Mr.  Annan  would  probably  eall  on  him. 

Naw  York,  March  1st,  1308. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty:-  PERSONAL. 

Your  letter  of  February  19thv  was  received  this 
morning*  and  I  am  afraid  it  has  had  its  influence  in  altering 
arrangements  for  taking  Mr  Annan  to  the  Works,  because  I  had  quite 
a  talk  with  Mr  Searles  on  the  receipt  of  your  letter,  and  I  am 
sure  he  feels  that  I  am  in  all  probability  going  too  much  into 
detail  in  my  letters  to  you,  and  giving  too  much  of  conversations, 
that  may  possibly  have  been  intended  for  my  ear  only,  in  fact  he  as 
much  as  said  so,  and  the  result  of  my  talk  with  him  was  that  I 
could  not  make  him  alter  his  sudden ■ determination  to  send  McChesney 
with  Annan  an Sir.  Fleming,  and  he  gave  as  a  reason,  that  McChesney 
was  known  out  there  as  coming  from  him,  and  anything  he  said  would 
be  acted  on  at  once  by  Edison  or  Gilmore,  such  as  a  suggestion  to 
talk  up  the  business,  but  on  the  contrary  that  I  was  krtown  as  a 
Moriarty  and  Seligman  man,  in  addition  to  which  he  wanted  McChesney 
to  say  to  Annan  from  him,  that  he  was  back  of  you  to  the  end  of  the 
string,  etc,  that  he  would  rather  have  me  go,  but  thou^itiiit  was 
better  the  other  way,  that  we  were  all  working  for  the  benefit  of 
the  business. 

Please  do  not  make  the  mistake  in  thinking  the  above  is 
any  compliment  to  me,  I  realize  fully  why  it  was  said,  but  as  I 
said  before  I  could  not  change  hie  determination. 

In  oonssquenoe  of  the  above  change,  I  was  obliged  to 
meet  Annan  at  Barclay  Street  Station,  and  apoldgize  for  not  .go^fe- 

out  with  him,  but  informed  him  that  I  had  provided  another  man  in 
my  place,  in  Mr  McChesney,  who  had  been  out^he  Works  a  number  oof 
times  for  Mr  Searles,  and  knew  'Edison  very  well. 

Mr  Annan  wanted  to  know  who  he  was,  and  I  said  that  he 
was  a  man  who  Mr  Searles  called  upon  frequently  in  an  emergency,* 
but  it  certainly  was  not  much  of  a  oompliment  to  send  some  other 
man  with  Mr  Annan  in  the  place  of  one  of  the  Officers  of  the  Com¬ 
pany,  and  it  mustdhave  Caused  Hita  to  wohder  why  the  Change  wAS 
made,  in  addition  to  which  I  foe},  qiuch  proYPhpd  being  placed 
in  the  kind  of  position  I  was  In  the  matter,  and  in  not  being  able 
to  oarry  out  your  wishes  in  this  instance. 

I  asked  Mr  Searles  if  Edison  knew  tfiat  Annan  was  inter¬ 
ested  in  the  new  Company,  he  said  he  did,  apd  that  he  could  not  go 
out  there  in  any  other  way,  meaning  that  it  was  better  to  be  per¬ 
fectly  frank  in  the  whole  matter, 

Upon  leaving  Mr  Annan  yesterday,  he  said  he  had  written 
Mr  Searles,  asking  him  to  meet  him  at  11  o’clock,  or  rather  he 
would  call  at  Mr.  Searles  at  ll  o'clock  the  next  day,  and  that  he 
would  conje  in  and  see  me  immediately  after,  but  haB  not  done  so* 

)Jr.;  Annap  oapie  ip  the  early  part  of  last  week,  and  it  wat? 
decided  to  go  to  the  Works  on  Saturday,  but  this  was  finally  change/ 
to  Monday,  as  Edison  could  not  be  there  on  Saturday. 

I  have  not  shown  to  Mr.  Searles  your  letter  of  February 
19th,  to  me  personally,  as  your  letter  to  him  was  sufficient  to 
make  him  feel  annoyed  that  I  had  written  so  much  of  a  mere  converse 
tion,  and  may  cut  me  off  from  his  condifence,  or  so  much  of  it  as  I 

may  have  enjoyed,  which  would  be  unfortunate. 

I  have  not  eeen  Mr  Searlee  Jotter  to  you  referred  to  in 
your  letter  to  me  of  February  19th,  1898, 

Please  do  not  mistake  me  in  writing  all  this,  there  was 
no  demonstration  of  ill  f88iing  0r  re8entment  in  the  talk  with  Mr 
Searles,  but  he  simply  changed  suddenly  to  McChesney,  but  I  hope 
nothing  further  will  come  up  in  regard  to  the  Annan  incideht,,  6f 
which  I  wrote  you. 

I  will  write  you  by  next  mail  in  regard  to  the  Bettini 


If  Mr  Searles  should  write  you  by  this  mail,  will  you 
kindly  let  me  have  the  substance  of  it. 

Of  course  you  realize  that  we  are  not  even  now  tfsAllva 
sure  who  the  man  at  the  Works  was,  we  supposed  it  was  Mr  Annan,  or 
for  all  I  know  it  might  have  been  Mr  Fleming,  or  it  might  not  have 
been  either  of  them,  I  can  not  find  out. 

I  thank  you  for  fee  copy  of  cable  which  you  sent  to  Mr 


Che  €di$on=Bell  PftonoflrapD  Company, 



For  an  Issue  of  £8y,ooo  Five  per  Cent.  First  Mortgage  Debenture 
Stock  and  8,joo  Six  per  Cent.  Cumulative  Preference  Shares 

OF  ;£io  EACH. 

of  tho  Prospeotus  of  the  Edison-Bell  Piionoobapii  Company,  Limited  (heroin  fftonoillad *  the  C  imp  Any"), 
being  issued  substantially  in  aocordanco  with  tho  Draft  Prospootns  iSOS^igSrftxndortako,  before 
8  o’eloolt  on  tho  day  on  whioh  the  said  Prospeotus  is  first  published  in  tho  “  Times,"  to  apply  or 
proouro  responsible  persons  to  apply  for../dBB...Sw— : s.of  tho  Preference  SharoB  to  bo  offered  by  suoh 
Prospectus  for  publio  Bubsoriptlon,  and  to  pay,  or  oause  to  be  paid,  the  amount  payable  on  application 
and  allotment  in  respect  of  suoh  Shares.  Applications  from  tho  publio  received  before  tho  time 
fixed  by  suoh  Prospeotus  for  the  closing  of  the  Subscription  List  are  to  go  iu  relief  of  the  Underwriter-, 
rateably,  in  proportion  to  the  amount  of  tho  Shares  underwritten  by  them  respectively. 

If  the  whole  of  tho  Preforenoe  Shares  offorod  as  aforeauid  is  within  fourteen  days 
after  tho  publication  of  tho  Prospeotus  allotted  in  response  to  subscriptions  from  tho  publio,  I  am  not 
to  bo  liable  to  toko  up  any  of  tho  Proferonoe  Sharos  hereby  underwritten. 

If  I  fail  to  put  in  my  application  as  iibovo.  mentioned  you  are  to  bs  at  liberty,  in  my  name  and  on 
my  behalf,  to  put  in  suoli  application,  and  tc  oonoludo  an  Agreement  with  the  Company  for  an  allot¬ 
ment  pursuant  thereto,  and  I  will  pay  the  application  and  allotment  money  immediately  aftor  receiving 
notice  of  the  allotment. 

Lwtlm  tmmi  nf  tlin  Lai 

Any  allotment  pursuant  to  this  Agreement  must  be  made  on  or  before  tho  81st  day  of  March 

You  aye  to  be  at  liborty  to  assigu  to  any  person  or  Company  your  rights  and  powors  under 
this  Agreement. 

Any  notice  to  me  may  be  sent  to  me  through  the  post  ti  the  subjoined  address,  and  shall  be  - 
imed  to  be  served  on  the  day  following  that  on  whioh  it  is  posted. 

CDe  €di$on=Bell  Pfconoflrapft  Companp, 



For  an  Issue  of  ^8y,ooo  Five  per  Cent.  First  Mortgage  Debenture 
Stock  and  8,yoo  Six  per  Cent.  Cumulative  Preference  Shares 
of  £\0  EACH. 

.  _  tu  you  that,  Iu  the  event 
of  the  ProspoctuB  of  the  Edison-Bell  Piionoobami  Company,  Limited  (hcreinnftencalleil  V  the  Company"), 
being  issued  substantially  in  accordance  with  the  Draft  Prospootus  sfiSBJjSSf&JsjTftiKlortiiko,  bofore 
8  o'clock  on  tho  day  on  which  tho  said  Prospeotus  is  first  published  in  tho  “Times,"  to  apply  or 
procure  responsible  persons  to  apply  for  £./^2ntB.-!-mbf  the  Debenture  Stock  to  bo  offered  by  such 
Prospectus  for  publio  subscription,  and  to  pay,  or  causo  to  bo  paid,  the  amount  payable  on  application 
and  allotment  in  rospeot  of  suoh  Debenture  Btock.  Applications  from  tho  publio  received  before  the  time 
fixed  by  suoh  Prospootus  for  tho  closing  of  the  Subscription  List  are  to  go  in  relief  of  tho  Underwriters 
rateably,  in  proportion  to  tho  amount  of  the  Dobenturo  Stock  underwritten  by  thorn  respectively. 

If  the  whole  of  the  £85,000  Debenture  Stook  offered  as  aforesaid  is  within  fourteen  days 
after  the  publication  of  the  Prospeotus  allotted  in  response  to  subscriptions  from  the  public,  I  am  not 
to  bo  liable  to  take  up  any  of  tho  Debenture  Stook  horoby  underwritten. 

If  I  fail  to  put  in  my  application  as  above  mentioned  you  are  to  bs  at  liberty,  in  my  name  and  on 
my  behalf,  to  put  in  such  application,  and  to  conclude  an  Agreement  with  the  Company  for  an  allot¬ 
ment  pursuant  thoreto,  and  I  will  pay  the  application  and  allotment  money  immediately  after  receiving 
notice  of  the  allotment. 

Any  allotment  pursuant  to  this  Agreement  must  be  made  on  or  boforo  the  81st  day  of  March 

You  ore  to  be  at  liborty  to  assign,  to  any  person  or  Company  your  rights  and  powers  under 
this  Agreement. 

Any  notice  to  me  may  be  sent  to  me  through  the  post  to  the  subjoined  address,  and  shall  bo 
deemed  to  be  served  on  the  day  following  that  on  whioh  it  is  posted. 

I  desire  to  have  £ . Debenture  Stcck  allotted  to  me  film  irrespective  of  the 

public  subscription,  but  acceptance  of  tho  above  contraot  shall  not  imply  a  right  to  such  allotment. 


New  York,  March  2nd,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty:-  PERSONAL. 

I  have  just  had  a  word  with  Mr  Searles  on  the  Street,  and 
he  says  "that  things  worked  out  beautifully*  meaning  MoChesney 
going  to  Works  with  Annan,  and  that  McOhesney  made  friends  with 
Annan  on  the  way  out,  and  gave  Gilmore  the  hint,  ani  they  treated 
them  royally,  and  that  Annan  wants  to  get  up  a  paper  setting 
forth  some  of  the  points  which  he  is  going  to  have  MeOhesney^and^ 
he  will  send  it  to  Europe.  Now  thiB  is  confidential,  but  I  believe 
I  could  have  done  the  same  thing  at  least  and  I  feel  sorry  that 
Mr  Searles  had  to  oall  on  McOhesney  to  do  it.  No  time  to  write  any 

Yours  very  truly, 

t'n'l'i-o  444^ 

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S.  F.  Mori  arty,  Esq., 
London,  England. 
Dear  Sir:- 


We  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  the  following  cable. 

London,  March  3rd,  1898. 




Which  we  translate  as  follows:- 


Yours  very  truly. 



S.  ?,  Moriarty,  Esq., 
London,  England. 
Dear  Sir:- 

Will  you  kindly  advise  us  what  course  we  are  to  adopt  in 
relation  to  inquiries  and  orders  for  South  America. 

You  know  that  the  Commission  Houses  here,  will  buy  wher¬ 
ever  they  can  do  the  best,  unless  there  is  some  power  to  restrain 
them,  which  at  present  is  not  apparent,  arid  Wehhad  an  inquiry  this 
morning  for  6  Eagle  Graphophones,  and  some  Gramophones,  or  at  least 
in  regard  to  the  Gramophones,  he  said  he  would  order  from  the 
manufacturer,  as  he  is  the  Agent  for  them  in  Pernambuco,  Brazil. 

The  Inquiry  came  from  Allerton  D.  Hitch,  136  Front  St., 

Mew  York. 

He  doe s  an  enormous  business  in  Pernambuco,  also  some 
business  in  Bahia,  f.M 

•  We  shall  probably  hear  from  him  again,  as  well  as  other 
Houses,  and  should  like  to  know  whether  the  New  Company  would  per¬ 
mit  us  to  fill  any  orders,  if  we  gave  them  the  benefit. 

Yours  very  truly, 

_ . 


New  York,  March  4th,  1898, 

My  dear  Mr  Mori arty: -PERSONAL. 

Your  cable  ordering  ten  thousand  No.  2  Phonographs, 
was  reoeived  this  morning,  and  I  took  it  down  to  Mr  Searles  at  once, 
xxxxx  and  he  will  consult  Mr  Gilmore  as  to  deliveries,  and  probab^1 
cable  you  when  it  is  definitely  known  what  the  Works  will  do,  as 
some  weeks  have  elapsed  since  the  cable  was  sent  you,  fixing  March 
15th  as  the  date  of  the  first  delivery. 

You  will  remember  the  cable  of  February  5th,  to  you, 
stipulated  deliveries  of  fifty  daily,  but  your  present  cable  fixes 
the  number  at  1,000  per  month,  and  Mr  Searles  was  on  the  point  of 
cabling  you  in  regard  to  this,  when  he&ecided  to  consult  Gilmore 

Mr  Searles  goes  away  this  afternoon,  and  will  not  return 
until  Tuesday,  March  8th,  therefore  if  any  cables  come  in  to  him, 
or  any  letters  from  the  Works,  I  will  probably  know  nothing  of  it, 
until  then. 

I  enclose  you  a  list  of  the  Directors  to  be  elected, 

Monday,  March  7th,  and  I  notified  you  recently  that  Mr  Robinson, 
who  is  Mr  Searles’ Secretary,  was  put  on  the  Board,  because  we  had 
to  have  a  man  who  lived  in  New  Jersey,  but  when  I  showed  Mr  Searles 
the  present  list,  he  scratched  off  the  name  of  James  M.  Waterbury, 
and  substituted  George  W.  Oakley?  as  it  was  done  however  only  with¬ 
in  a  day  or  two,  it  will  be  too  late  to  elect  him  at  the  Stockholder 
meeting,  as  he  has  no  certificate  in  his  name,  but  the  transfer  is 
be  made  after  the  meeting,  and  Mr  Searles  did  so,  he  stated, 

that  we  might  have  a  quorum,  without  Mr  Platt,  at  any  time,  and 
this  will  make  Mr  Searles  independent  alao  of  my  presence,  but  I 
do  not  suppose  there  is  any  obBeotion,  as  he  would  have  a  majority 

Mr.  Searles  directed  Mr  McChesney  to  go  to  the  meeting 
at  Orange,  on  Monday  with  me,  but  I  told  Mr  Searles  that  I  did  not 
see  any  necessity  for  it,  and  it  was  throwing  away  50  cents  for 
nothing,  so  he  said  he  did  not  care  very  much  about  it,  but  thought 
it  would  be  better  to  have  some  body  there  to  make  the  motions,  so 
I  told  McChesney  that  Mr  Searles  said  it  would  not  be  necessary  for 
him  to  go,  and  that  is  the  way  it  stands  at  this  writing. 

New  York,  March  8th,  1898. 

Mp  dear  Mr  Mori arty 

I  am  duly  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  February  26th,  with 
copy  of  letter  of  same  date  to  Mr  Searles,  and  confirmation  of  cables 
to  him  of  the  25th  ultimo. 

I  am  glad  to  hear  the  Press  Reception  was  such  a  success, 
and  hopothe  public  subscription  will  be  equally  successful. 

I  took  Mr  Gress  down  to  see  Mr  Searles  this  morning,  and 
I  think  we  succeeded  in  interesting  him,  and  the  following  propo¬ 
sition  was  made  to:  him  by  Mr  Searles. 

That  he  sign  an  agreement  that  he  will  accept  a  Royalty 
on  all  the  Multiplex  machines  which  we  order,  the  amount  of  which 

was  not  stated,  although  Mr  Searles  referred  to  a  dollar  or  whateve 


sum- shouldnbe  agreed  upon,  as  royalty. 

That  we  shall  have  the  option  to  manufacture  them  anywhere, 
we  please,  ati  the  Works  if  we  desire,  as  Mr  Searles  explained  to 
Gress,  that  Edison  could  make  them  cheaper  than  he  could,  as  Edison 
had  a  machine  which^  would  work  seventeen  operations  on  the  Phono¬ 
graph, ^thus  insuring  a  great  saving  of  labor. 

That  GresB  should  assign  to  us  his  Patents  for  Great 
Britain,  Prance  and  Germany,  and  shouftd  deliver  to  us  suoh  drawings 
as  miSht  be  necessary  to  enable  us  to  manufacture. 

All  of  the  above  to  be  paid  for  in  whatever  royalty  that 
should  be  ae**o«d  upon. 

Gress  said  he  would  think  it  over,  and  submit  in  writing 
what  he  would  accept,  whiqh  he  will  probably  do  ip  a  day  or  two. 

The  Bettini  contract  ia  not  yet  agreed  upon,  and  Bettini 
has  put  some  things  in  the  Agreement,  which  Mr  Searles  objected  to, 
but  I  am  afraid  delay  in  this  matter  is  dangerous,  as  somebody 
representing  H.  McK.  Twombly,  or  the  Vanderbilts,  want  Bettini  to 
make  some  arrangement  with  them*  and  Mr,  Sanger,  called  at  our 
office  this  morning  to  inquire  who  was  the  Manager  or  the  head  man 
of  the  Sraphophone  Company,  he  said  he  simply  wanted  to  get  some 
good  records,  but  as  the  head  man  at  28th  St.  did  not  seem  to 
answer  his  purpose,  and  he  was  so  persistent  in  wanting  to  know  who 
was  the  leading  spirit  in  the  Company,  I  felt  that  there  was  some¬ 
thing  more  than  merely  an  inquiry  for  records  in  his  visit, 

YourB  very  truly, 

P.S.  Grass  says  that  he  has  out  now  100  Machines,  which  pay  him 
a  Royalty  of  $6.00  eaoh  per  month,  or  $600,  per  month. 

New  York,  March  8th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Mori  arty:-  PERSONAL. 

I  saw  Mr  Searles  this  morning,  and  asked  him  whether 
he  had  received  any  word  from  you  since  Friday,  ae  he  has  been  away 
for  two  days,  he  said  he  had  not,  and  directed  me  to  cable  you. 

X  have  in&rmed  him  of  your  reply  of  March  8th,  and  he 
said  that  Mr  Annan  had  just  called,  and  he  had  received  a  cable 
yesterday,  from  London,  to  the  effect  that  the  public  had  subscrib¬ 
ed  only  120,000. 

This  is  certainly  very  disappointing,  if  it  is  correct, 
and  it  certainly  must  be  very  discouraging  to  you,  but  the  public 
cannot  know  what  a  great  business  this  can  be,  if  properly  managed, 
particularly,  if  We  get  everything  Gross  has,  and  all  Bettini's 
things,  and  we  can  keep  Edison  somewhat  friendly  to  us. 

We shall  be  glad  to  hear  the  details  on  Thursday,  as  sug- 

Yours.very  truly, 


%/w $.$mrletk  J7t<m< ThJJtvnaom  d?em*S»>y. 

MMori/SiirccUK'  t&d/intfvM&Otz 

27  W  t  LLI  AM  STREET. 

S.  F,  Moriarty,  Esq., 
London,  England. 
Dear  Sir:** 

Zlwjy'7/or/yi !< 
'  0 

larch  11th.  1898, 

We  have  on  inquiry  from  Krey,  Walker  &  Company,  No.  130 
to  132  Pearl  St.,  New  York,  fir  samples  of  all  the  different  styles 
of  Phonographs. 

Mr  Krey  expects  to  sail  for-  Roumania,  Turkey  and  Greece 
in  about  two  weeks,  and  he  takes  with  him,  a  lot  of  goods,  but  he 
seems  to  be  more  interested  in  Phonographs  than  in  anything  else, 
as  his  correspondents  abroad,  urge  him  to  be  sure  to  bring  these. 

He  states  that  it  is  his  intention  to  introduce  these 
goods  in  the  countries  named,  and  to  secure  orders  from  influential 
houses,  through  whom  they  do  business  in  the  several  countries,  he 
also  states  that  these  firms  are  financially  strong,  and  that  .they 
hwa  are  powerfully  connected  politely  and  otherwise. 

We  do  not  dare  to  supply  these  goods,  in  view  of  the 
negotiations  which  you  now  have  on  hand,  but  I  shall  endeavor  to 
have  this  man  call  upon  you,  as  he  goes  through  London. 

Mr.  H.  Walker,  is  the  vice-President,  as  it  is  a  Company, 
Mr.  Krey  being  the  President,  and  the  ibrmer  is  a  friend  of  Mr. 
Gilmore,  and  seems  to  know  a  great  deal  about  the  business. 

J/a/m  S.  <§d?Me>m  S.  7'/JMeroic>tt/,  dfl/em&wy. 

■  Sk/i/ifin-  M  7//mmrfy,  7tm  j&v&ory  ®**f  JUmmnvr 



Mr.  Gilmore  referred  him  to'^uis,  notwithstanding  this  how¬ 
ever,  we  find,  that  Mr  Prescott  in  the  Edison  Buuilding,  who  has 
done  us  so  much  harm  has  learned  that  Mr.  Krey  is  going  abroad, 
and  sent  him  one  of  his  price-lists. 

Mr.  Krey  says  he  does  not  know  how  Mr  Prescott  knew  of 
this,  but  we  notice  that  Mr  Prescott's  name  is  printed  on  the  price 
lists  of  the  National  Phonograph  Company,  as  their  agent,  and  if  he 
did  not  hear  of  it  out  there,  where  else  could  he  have  heard  of  it. 

Yours  very  truly, 

tf'/i  n't.*-* 


New  York,  March  11th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Mori arty: -PERSONAL. 

Mr  Searles  went  to  Washington  yesterday,  and  goes 
from  there  to-day,  to  Hot  Springs,  Virginia,  and  will  be  gone  about 
ten  days. 

We  understand  from  your  cable  of  Maroh  10th,  that  the 
order  is  guaranteed  to  you  by  the  Bankers  in  London,  and  1  was  in 
Mr  Searles  office  yesterday  afternoon,  when  he  opened  your  two 
cables  of  Maroh  10th. 

I  am  glad  to  hear  that  the  public  have  taken  more  than 
Mr  Annan  indicated  to  Mr  Searles,  for  we  felt  very  much  disappoint¬ 
ed  at  Annan’s  statement  that  only  L20.000.  had  been  subscribed  by 
the  public. 

I  cannot  figure  out  exactly  how  much  we  will  get,  as  I  do 
not  know  what  the  expenses  will  amount  to,  but  no  doubt  your  next 
letter  will  make  this  more  clear. 

Mr  Searles  approves  the  sale  of  1.40,000.  Preferences  and 

(dc i-i  U/TL4 

Debentures,  by  all  means,  and  this  will  give  the  Company  sufficient 
money  to  pay  their  debts. 

The  Seligmans  have  been  demanding  more  money  from  Mr, 
Searles,  so  he  told  me  yesterday  afternoon,  and  last  evening  he 
wrote  me  a  letter  from  his  house,  asking  me  to  be  sure  to  send  the 
cable  Off  this  morning  earfcy,  I  mean  the  one  in  his  name,  and  he 
also  stated  that  you  should  remit,  at  least  1.20,000. 

This  demand  for  a  remittance  is  an  after  thought  of  Mr 
games  at  his  house,  agd  I  knew  nothing  of/inte.ntiop  to  include  it 


in  the  cable,  Intil  I  received  word  from  him  this  morning, 
fore,  I  had  no  opportunity  to  explain  my  views  in  the  matter,  and 
he  was  in  a  great  rush  yesterday  afternoon,  preparatory  to  going 

My  idea  is  just  this. 

You  will  receive  from  Underwriters  and  Public  subsorip- 
n  £170,000. 

Out  of  this  you  must  provide  for  working  capital  50,000. 


Deduot  from  this  Mr  Searles  underwriting  25  000. 

Nett  amount  to  be  paid  to  the  E.U.P.Co.  C-c^L  ~~  £95,000. 


To  Edison-Bell  Phonograph  Cor:  £40,000. 

"  "  "  Debentures.  £12,400. 

"  Underwriters  and  General  Expenses 

say  £24,000. 

£76,400.  £  76,400. 

£  18,600. 

"  George  Riddell,  if  paid  in  cash.  j,  io.OOO. 

Balance  in  cash  remaining  to  the  E.U.P.Co.  £  8^0007 

ADD  SHARES  TO  E.  U.  P.  CO. 

Total  Capital  and  Debentures  £210,000, 

Less  subscriptions  £170,000.  £  40,000. 

Mr  Searles  underwriting  now  comes 

back  to  the  Company,  say  j,  25.000. 

Total  to  be  paid  the  E.U.P.Co,  in  Cash  &  Shares  £  73)000. 

You  will  see  from  the  above  figures,  that  I  estimate 
that  if  Mr  Riddell  is  paid  in  cash,  and  the  whole  underwriting  was 
paid  in,  the*^  would  be  in  your  hands,  only  £8,000.  in  cash,  but 
if  you  were  to  sell  £40,000,  of  Preferences  and  Debentures,  it 
would  make  £48,000. 

as  a11  the  subscriptions 

are  not  yet  due  ^therefore  ,"7  do  not  know  whether  it  would  be 
possible  for  you  to  send  any  money  at  all  or  not,  or  ,  if  any,  how 

There  is  no  question,  but  that!  the  Seligmans  are  asking 
for  their  money,  and  presume  that  Mr  Searles  would  have  to  pay  it, 
if  positively  demanded. 

I  do  not  know  anything  more  in  regard  to  the  delivery  of 
machines,  than  is  indicated  in  the  cable  to  you,  but  X  will  write 
Mr  Searles  for  information. 

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i  F.  Moriarty,  Esq., 

London,  England. 
Dear  Sir:- 

I  have  sent  the  Agreement  of  March  3rd  with  the  New 
Company,  to  Mr  Searles,  but  X  think  I  notice  a  trifling  error  in 
regard  to  the  date  of  the  Hough  Agreement,  mentioned  in  Article  1. 

Should  it  not  be  May  14th,  1897,  instead  of  May  4th,  1897 
as  per  agreement. 

I  have  not  had  time  yet  to  thoroughly  digest  it,  but  I 
hfitice  that  you  agree  to  pay  the  Edison  Bell  Phonograph  Corporation 
Limited  £20,000.  and  give  them  2,000  Shares  of  the  Ordinary  Stock 
in  addition  to  the  £40,000,  and  I  presume  also  pay  them  £12,400  for 
the  Debentures. 

Thi,  .....  Ilk.  .  deal  of  mom,  to  pa,  th.»,  and  no 

do«M  ...  „.lp  ftr  lt,  ln  vl..  0f  tryi„s  circumstances 

which  had  arisen. 

uu  uu  not  oraer  any  blanks  or  records  with  t 

10,000  machines,  had  you  notAput  in  an  order  very  soon 
as  there  may  be  sane  difficulty  in  getting  them  promptl 
I  am  told  the  Graphophone  people  have  had  som 
or  trouble  in  their  cylinder  department. 

order  for 
1  Blank 8, 


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...  S.  7'i7/fon4mis.  Secret", ri/. 

s/, mu^terr  Wnt/im/lJ/LTdi/r. 

27  W  I  LLI  AM  STREET. 

~%:wI/or/c;'_ _ //.? . 

I  presume  Mr  Annan  is  just  about  arriving,  and  he  did  not 
come  in  to  see  me,  after  he  had  been  out  to  the  Works  with  McChesne) 
asnhe  promised  to  do, 

Yours^very  truly, 

^  /  tss~?  c~<Cc- s-> 



New  York,  March  15th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr.  Moriarty:-  PERSONAL 

I  am  glad  you  made  the  mistake  in  sending  me  the 
Agreement  of  March  3rd,  instead  of  enclosing  it  in  your  letter  to 
Mr  Searles,  because  I  would  not  have  seen  it  for  a  week,  at  least. 

Can  you  not  send  a  copy  of  the  Agreement  made  by  you  with 
the  Edison  Bell  Phonograph  Corporation,  Limited,  dated  23rd  day  of 
February,  1898,  and  referred  to  in  present  agreement. 

I  figure  that  the  United  Company  will  get  in  Cash  and 
Shares  about  £71,000,  from  which  I  deduct  the  £22,000.  additional 
to  be  pawd  to  the  Edison-Bell  Phonograph  Corporation  Limited, 
leaving  a  balance  in  round  numbers  of  say  £49,000.  is  this  about 
oorreot? . 

My  figures  are  based  upon  £5,000.  for  expenses,  and 
£10,000.  to  Mr  Riddell,  in  addition  to  the  sums  paid  to  the  Under¬ 

Of  course  out  side  of  this,  Mr  Searles  will  get  back  the 
£1,000.  paid  Mr  Coates,  and  the  £2,500.  subscription. 

I  would  like  very  much  to  have  a  clear  statement  showing 
what  must  be  pqid  out  of  what  we  get. 

Your  long  cable  of  March  12th,  to  Mr  Searles,  is  very 
encouraging,  and  I  have  no  doubt  he  will  get  what  he  wants  from  Mr 
Edison,  at  least  he  seems  so  positive  about  it,  but  I  wrote  him 
yesterday  asking  him  to  see  to  it  that  no  No.  2  Machines  found 
their  way  into  the  hands  of  Krey,  Walker  &  Co.,  these  people  I 
wrote  you  of  by  last  mail. 


ffl  also  called  his  attention  to  F.  M.  Prescott,  who  is  the 

Agent  for  the  National  Company,  and  really  a  second  Tewksbury. 

This  man  has  a  big  advertisement  in  the  "Phonoscope", 

which  I  will  send  to  Mr.  Searles,  and  I  called  his  attention  par- 
•  Prescott 

tieularly  to  the  fact  of  Gj^hs  being  aware  of  Mr.  Krey  taking 
machines  abroad. 

This  incident  simply  emphasises  the  fact  that  all  infor¬ 
mation  in  connection  with  foreign  shipments  gets  out  from  the 
Works  somehow. 

Yours  very  truly, 

P.S.  The  Gress  Agreement  is  not  yet  drawn  up,  but  Gress’  son 
brineS't°"dayhthat  ^  8°°n  &S  he  5®tS  this  matter  00»Plete,  he  will 


New  York,  March  16th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr.  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

Your  favor  of  March  4th,  ie  just  received,  with  copy 
of  letter  of  same  date  to  Mr  Searles. 

I  am  glad  indeed  to  hear  of  the  successful  termination  of 
your  efforts  in  regard  to  the  New  Company,  and  if  any  man  in  the 
World,  derserved  success,  you  certainly  do. 

I  note  that  I, you  say  you  want  me  to  be  guided  in  every 
instance  by  Mr  Searles. 

This  part  of  your  letter  makes  me  feel  that  you  are  a 
little  anxious  or  afraid  that  I  may  overstep  the  mark,  but  you  must 
not  let  any  such  thought  influence  you  for  I  have  met  some  trying 
situations  here  successfully  since  you  have  been  away,  and  while 
any  man  is  liable  to  error,  I  use  the  best  judgement  I.  am  gifted 
with  for  your  interests  at  all  times. 

I  am  on  good  terms  with  Mr  Searles,  and  he  seems  glad 
sometimes  to  hear  my  suggestions,  so  I  hope  you  will  not  relax  in 
any  way  your  support  of  me.  Let  me  say  here  that  all  original 
papers  should  be  sent  to  me,  and  Mr  Searles  does  not  object. 
because  if  they  are  not,  it  sometimes  takes  him  a  long  time  to  look 
them  over,  and  I  am  unadvised  in  the  meantime,  and  unable  to  make 
suggestions,  except  on  the  spur  of  the  moment,  which  is  a  mistake. 

I  make  no  mistake  when  I  say  that  you  must  always  keep 
alive  the  fact  that  you  have  an  equal  right  to  decide  any  point, 
and  X  have  endeavored  indirectly  to  uphold  this  view,  and  Mr 
Searles  now  looks  upoij  nie  njore  than  eyer  f=t?  your  representative. 

and  I  have  done  nothing  that  is  objectionable  to  him,  and  think  I 
have  made  no  mistake. 

A  good  deal  at  times  devolves  upon  me  to  push  things 
through,  and  DeCastro  informed  me  a  short  time  ago,  and  again  this 
morning  that  Bettini  had  an  offer  from  another  party,  fbr  his 
business  or  an  interest  in  it,  and  that  party  is  either,  H.  MeK 
Twombly,  or  the  Vanderbilts,  and  they  are  impatient  for  an  answer, 
therefore  as  Mr  Searles  is  away,  and  Bettini  is  becoming  restive, 

I  am  going  to  see  him  this  afternoon,  as  I  promised  to  do  over  the 
wire,  and  will  listen  to  any  suggestions  he  has  to  make,  and  try 
to  keep  his  mind  easy,  and  reassured  until  next  week,  when  Mr 
Searles  will  return. 

1  have  done  some  good  in  the  matter,  and  will  keep  Bettini, 
straight,  as  I  have  done  before,  until  Mr  Searles  can  decide,  and 
he  is  letting  the  matter  drag  a  little. 

I  was  present  with  Mr  Searles  at  the  outset  of  this 

The  Multiplex  matter  is  not  yet  concluded,  but  Mr  Grass 
seemed  to  be  satisfied  at  the  last  interview,  and  his  views  will  be 
submitted  shortly. 

nours  very  truly, 

thine  f  T'V’T  Mr  SearleS  8eem8  to  have  approved  of  every- 

New  York,  March  18th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Mori  arty!-  PERSONAL 

Mr  Searles  has  been  away  all  this  wee k,  he  left  last 
Thursday,  P.M.  March  10th,  but  will  be  here  next  Monday,  March  21st 

Your  cable  of  March  17th  was  sent  to  him,  to  Hot  Springs, 
Virginia,  end  he  telegraphed  me  this  morning  tb’  advise'  ybtl  ofrhiB 
absence  by  cable,  and  that  he  will  wirec  you  on  Monday. 

Te  will  be  glad  to  receive  a  statement  of  the  Cash  and 
Shares  we  will  get  and  the  disbursements,  as  suggested  in  your 
letter  of  March  9th. 

I  hope  you  will  have  plain  sailing  in  the  formation  of 
the  new  Company  for  the  Continent,  and  can  send  us  the  big  order 
for  machines.  I  think  Mr  Searles  will  do  his  best  to  control  Edison. 

The  war  scare  here  seems  to  be  dying  out,  and  the  news 
this  morning  indicates  a  peaceful  settlement. 

I  note  your  remarks  in  regard  to  the  guarantee,  and  will 
speak  of  it  to  Mr  Searles  on  Monday,  although  I  called  his  special 
attention  to  it  in  my  letter  to  him  yesterday. 

I  do  not  know  how  soon  we  will  get  the  first  installment 
of  machines,  but  I  will  see  him  about  this  matter  on  Monday  also. 

I  do  not  see  his  correspondence  with  the  Works,  and  as  he 
is  very  busy  at  times,  I  do  not  always  get  a  clear  idea  of  what  is 
going  on  there. 

I  think  you  haw  done  great  things  over  there,  particular 
ly  in  connection  with  the  Edison-Bell  Company,  and  I  hope  you  will 
be  able  to  bring  Mr  Stollwerck  into  line.  .  j'V/  iij  sk-irSi, 

S.  F.  Moriarty,  Esq.  ,V 
London,  England. 

.  Dear  Sir:- 

I  understand  perfectly  of  course  that  the  Agreement  of 
March  3rd,  with  its  supplemental  agreement  takes\the  place  of  the 
previous  Agreement,  sent  us,  but  I  would  be  obliged  i^- you  would 
kindly  simply  say  that  that  previous  Agreement  is  cancelled  or 
perhaps  had  not  been  executed. 

Will  you  kindly  advise  us  the  exact  date  of  the  supple¬ 
mental  Agreement,  and  the  copies  you  send  us  of  all  of  the  different' 
agreements,  are  not  as  complete  as  they  should  be  for  filing,  and 
for  future  information  and  reference,  as  for  instance,  we.  should 
have  the  names  of  all  of  the  parties  executing  the  different  con¬ 
tracts  written  on  our  copies,  including  the  witnesses  and  the 
notaries,  etc. 

You  will  remember  also  that^one  occasion  in  connection 
with  our  English  contract,  we  were  asked  for  a  copy  of  the  resolu¬ 
tion  of  thevEnglish  Board,  approving  the  contract,  and  we  should 
have  with  all  of  these  different  new  contracts,  exact  copies,  giv¬ 
ing  dates  of  the  resolution  pased  by  the  Board  and  Stockholders, 
approving  of  the  contracts  as  they  are  completed  . 

&  77.77 toredom  Seemtmry. 

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We  realize  that  every  moment  of  your  time  has  been  taken 
up,  but  when  you  can  get  to  it,  will  you  kindly  send  us  this  data. 

The  time  allowed  us  for  filling  an  order  is  too  short,  as 
for  instance  it  is  not  possible  to  supply  250  "C"  maohines  or  I 
think  any  number  of  that  type  in  30  days,  and  according  to  the 
contract,  the  new  Company  could  demand  this;  the  same  holdagoodr 
with  the  Multiplex  Machines,  in  fact  we  should  have  90  days  for 
these  two  types,  but  if  they  can  be  gotten  out  sooner,  they  would 
of  course  be  shipped. 

The  Works  are  busy,  and  they  have  other  business  on  hand 
besides  what  comes  from  us,  and  unless  Mr  Searles  can  make  sotae 
satisfactory  arrangement  with  them,  the  orders  could  not  be 
filled  in  30  days. 

I  do  not  think  there  is  any  doubt  about  the  Works  making 
plenty  of  money  now,  and  it  is  not  as  easy  to  handle  the  matter,  as 
Edison  is  more  independent. 

It  should  not  be  overlooked  also  that  Blanks  are  required 
and  orders  are  in  ahead  of  us,  therefore  the  new  Company  should 
anticipate  their  wants,  and  give  us  all  the  time  possible. 

Y°urs  yery  truly,  f 

New  York,  March  22nd,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr.  Moriarty:- 


Some  of  your  worries  seem  to  be  transferred  to  this 
side  now,  and  I  confess,  that  I  have  the  blues  sometimes  after 
coming  from  my  interviews  with  Mr  Searles. 

I  have  jst  returned  from  his  office,  and  sinee  he  got 
back  Monday  morning,  he  has  been  rushed  to  death,  but  I  have  seen 
him  twice  to-day,  and  he  will  write  you  to-night,  because  he  is 
unable  to  give  you  any  satisfactory  answer  by  cable  to  the  several 
points  in  the  agreement,  and  in  your  letter  in  a  few  words. 

The  subject  of  a  guarantee  ,  he  says  cannot  be  accomplish 
ed  here  through  the  bank,  as  the  Banks  in  Africa  do  not  guarantee 
contracts,  and  their  charter  does  not  permit  it,  in  addition  to 
which  he  would  not  give  a  guarantee  for  so  long  a  time  as  ten  years 
in  any  event.  I  asked  him  i^- he  could  not  send  a  Bank  guarantee 
for  the  10,000  machines,  and  it  was  then  that  he  replied  as  above. 

He  said  that  Edison  can  now  only  turn  out  50  machines  a 

day, and  that  the  National  Company  own  the  tools,  and  that  they 
have  orders  in  for  all  they  can  turn  out  in  three  months,  irafcxkhastx 
I  said  but  are  we  not  to  get  our  10,000  machines,  he  said 
he  did  not  know,  that  he  had  a  talk  with  those  people  yesterday 
afternoon,  that  Gilmore  said  he  would  have  to  consult  Edison,  and 
that  he  was  coming  in  again  at  5  o’clock,  this  afternoon. 

He  said  that  with  a  double  set  of  tools  the  Works  could 
n  our  twice  aq  nja^y  mqchineq,  and  that  they  would  cost  $25,000. 


I  said  theft  if  we  buy  the  tools,  that  would  put  us  on  an  equal 
footing  with  the  National  Company,  he  said  yeB,  but  he  said  X  have 
not  got  the  money  to  payi$20,000. 

Of  course  you  know  how  little  confidence  I  feel  in  Edison 
and  I  cannot  help  the  thought  that  he  is  simply  putting  up  the 
National  Company  as  against  Mr  Searlee,  for  the  purpose  of  getting 
money  out  of  him,  and  in  the  second  place  I  do  not  believe  that  the 
new  tools  are  worth  anything  like  $25000/  or  even  $20,000.,  (U 
looks  like  the  same  old  story  of  humbug,  but  I  urged  Mr  Searlee  to 
get  them  anyhow,  even  if  he  had  to  pay  too  much  for  them,  because 
if  he  can  control  Edison,  as  he  says  he  can  it  will  be  worth  paying 
for, although  this  simple  buying  of  the  tools,  would  not  give  us  all 
we  want,  it  should  be  a  carefully  drawn  contract,  embodying  all  we 
want,  and  for  that  we  could  afford  to  pay. 

I  merely  write  the  above  to  show  you  that  I  understand 
what  should  be  done,  but  I  do  not  know  exactly  how  to  understand 
Mr  Searlee,  because  at  one  moment  he  talks  as  if  everything  was 
lost,  and  that  we  could  not  help  ourselves,  and  laterr  after  I  re¬ 
marked  to  him  "it  makes  me  mad  to  see  Ediso  get  ahead  of  you"  he 
replied,  Edison  can’t  get  ahead  of  me,  etc,  that  he  could  control 
Edison,  I  said  well  if  you  can  Mr  Searles,  you  must  do  it,  and  X  *fe 
then  tried  to  show  himwhat  a  big  business  we  could  have. 

All  this  was  just  a  half  an  hour  before  he  expected  to 
see  Gilmore. 

I  am  sending  you  a  personal  cable  to-night,  because  Mr 

Searles  seems  so  discouraged  in  regard  to  the  business,  and  the 
fact  that  he  has  not  yet  heard  from  you  in  regard  to  the  £40,000. 
of  Shares  which  you  contemplated  selling,  and  the  uncertainty  as 
to  the  amount  of  actual  cash  we  will  get,  the  fact  of  the  Seligmans 
annoying  him  for  money,  and  that  money  is  required  to  accomplish 
anything  with  Edison  or  the  Works,  as  well  as  with  Bettini  and 
Gress,  it  seems  to  him  that  money  is  required  everywhere  with  no 
definite  knowledge  as  to  when  or  how  much  will  come  from  London. 

1  am  writing  this  to  you  in  a  strictly  personal  and  con¬ 
fidential  sense,  and  to  give  you  some  idea  of  the  situations  I  have 
to  meet,  for  when  Mr  Searles  is  in  these  sort  o<t  depressed  moods,  I 
cannot  help  feeling  that  he  looks  to  me  for  encouragment,  and  I 
made  him  laugh  at  my  earnestness  before  I  left  the  room. 

I  do  not  know  what  sort  of  a  letter  Mr  Searles  will 
write  you,  but  whatever  it  is,  this  may  help  you  to  understand  the 

Yours  very  truly, 

P.S.  The  Seligmans  wrote  Mr  Searles  a  letter. he  did  not  like. 

It  is  worrying  me  to-night  that  notwithstanding  theoables 
Mr!  searles  has  sent  you  that  things  seems  to  be  topsyturvy,  and 
that  Mr  Searles  does  not  seem  to  have  positively  arranged  in  regard 
to  the  order  or  the  control,  but  the  interview  this  afternoon  with 
Gilmore  may  accomplish  something,  at  all  events,  do  not  become 
worried  over  this  letter,  as  I  hope  to  write  you  something  decided¬ 
ly  better  by  next  mail. 

New  York,  March  23rd,  1898. 

To  the  Edison  Bell  Colsolidated  Phonograph  Co.,  Limited, 


In  consideration  of  you  at  our  request  completing  the 

purchase  referred  to  in  an  Agreement  dated  the  3rd  day  of  March, 

1898,  made  between  Steppe-  ™  .. 

Phin  E.  Monarty  of  the  first  part,  the 

Edison  United  Phonograph  Company,  of  Orange,  New  Jersey,  U.  S.  A. 
of  the  second  part,  The  Edison  Bell  Colsolidatsd  Phonograph  Company 
Limited,  of  the  third  part,  and  the  Edison-Bell  Phonograph  Corpora¬ 
tion,  Limited,  of  the  fourth  part. 

We  hereby  guarantee  for  the  period  of  ten  years  from  the 
date  hereof  the  due  performance  by  the  said  Edison  United  Phonograph 
Company  of  the  stipulations  contained  'in  Clauses  12  to  14  inclusive 
of  the  Supplemental  Agreement  to  the  said  contract  of  March  3rd, 

1898,  for  the  supply  of  Phonographs  and  Machinery  upon  the  terml 
and  within  the  periods  therein  mentioned  including  the  due  payment 
of  any  damages  which  may  become  payable  under  such  agreement. 

")  IcCtun/vcJl 

New  York,  March  23rd,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr.  Moriarty,  PERSONAL. 

Mr  Searles  thought  that  the  Agreement  of  March  3rd  was 
more  in  favor  of  the  Purchaser  Company  than  us,  and  criticised  that 
portion  relating  to  billing  the  goods  at  cost,  and  not  paying  jfbr 
the  remaining  half  for  30  days,  but  I  explained  that  I  did  not  be¬ 
lieve  it  was  a  possible  thing  for  you  to  get  more  in  view  of  the 
trouble  the  Edison  Bell  Corporation  had  in  their  purchases,  and  the 
unsatisfactory  machines,  whioh  were  sent,  and  that  he  could  not 
expect  people  to  pay  a  big  sum  and  not  get  somsthing  for  it. 

Mr  Searles  thinks  you  have  money  in  Bank,  say  the  10# 
and  30#  up  to  allottment,  and  does  not  see  why,  we  cannot  have  some 
of  it,  I  said  you  do  not  know  yet  exactly  where  you  stand,  and 
that  you  will  send  us  a  statement  after  April  4th,  and  that  we 
might  get  some  money  then. 

1  think  he  is  fearful  that  something  might  happen  to  Skh 
frustrate  your  work,  or  keep  back  the  money. 

I  said  that  you  had  overcome  all  the  difficulties  so  far 
and  I  did  not  believe  that  any  of  them  could  get  ahead  of  you,  in 
addition  to  whioh  you  had  able  Lawyers. 

Yours  very  truly, 

^  HTn 

New  York,  March  24th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty! -PERSONAL 

The  guarantee  which  was  mailed  to  you  per  "MAJESTIC", 
March  23rd,  was  rushed  off  in  such  a  tremendous  hurry,  that  if  it 
does  not  meet  with  your  approval  altogether  in  the  matter  of  form, 
we  can  have  it  altered,  and  a  new  one  sent,  but  hope  that  it  will 
be  satisfactory  to  the  English  Company. 

It  was  executed  in  the  morning  at  the  last  moment  before 
the  vessel  sailed  and  I  had  to  run  blocks  in  order  to  get  it  on  the 

Mr  Sear&es  had  objected  so  strenuously  to  signing  anythin* 
of  the  kind  ,  and  we  had  had  two  or  three  talks  on  the  subject®,  in 
fact  matters  were  in  such  shape  that  I  determined  to  send  you  the 
cable  of  March  22nd, ,  and  it  was  your  reply  of  March  23rd,  that 
helped  the  matter. 

The  National  Investment  Company,  is  a  corporation  of 
which  Mr  Searle s  is  President,  and  Mr  Tuttle  is  Treasures,  and  they 
own  thousands  of  acres  of  land  in  the  west,  most  of  which,  I  under¬ 
stand,  i&  undeveloped,  but  since  that  Company  was  formed,  they 
have  acquired  otter  things,  of  which  I  have  not  yet  learned,  but, 
CONFIDENTIALLY,  Francis  G.  Grable  was  interested  in  this  Company 
with  Mr  Searle 8,  but  after  the  trouble  he  had  with  the  Chemical 
National  Bank,  and  other  institutions,  of  wtoomkhe  borrowed  Marge 
sums of  money,  he  was  requested  to  sever  his  connection  with  this 
Company,  or  Mr  Searle  s  put  him  out^  4  o  oP - 


I  sent  you  a  clipping  in  regard  to  Grable.;  sometime  ago, 
the  securities  were  for  undeveloped  propperties  in  the  West,  but 
your  will  probably  remember  the  story,  and  I  have  heard  people  ex¬ 
press  the  opinion  that  he  will  cane  out  all  right. 

X  asked  Mr  Tuttle  about  the  responsibility,  or  at  least 
give  me  some  info  imat ion  in  regard  to  the  National  Investment  Com¬ 
pany,  and  for '.instance  whether  the  National  Investment  Company 
could  pay  a  sudden  claim  for  damages,  if  they  were  called  upon  to 
do  so,  for  say  five  or  ten  thousand  dollars,  and  he  smiled,  and 
said,  yes,  and  showing  me  by  his  manner,  that  that  was  a  matter  of 
course . 

I  explained  also  that  I  knew  Mr  Searles,  was  the  Presi¬ 
dent  of  that  Company,  but  wanted  to  know  something  of  the bresponsi- 
bility  of  it,  as  a  Company  in  itself. 

Mr  Searles  asked  my  opinion  in  his  office,  as  to  whether 
you  would  be  satisfied  with  such  a  guarantee,  and  I  said  I  thought 
so,  but  this  was  before  I  learned  what  I  have  written  you  above, 
and  as  the  time  then  was  so  short,  I  thought  it  best  to  accept 
this,  rather  than  notBning,  because  it  paves  the  way  for  something 
better  should  it  be  demanded,  although  it  should  not  ,  as  Mr 
Searles  is  certainly  good  enough  for  all  we  contract  to  do.: 

Please  understand  that  this  is  all  confidential  to  you, 
and  if  the  signature  of  Mr  Tuttle  is  not  acceptable  a  new  paper  can 
be  drawn,  and  I  will  get  Mr  Searles  to  sign  it,  as  President,  al¬ 
though  Tuttle  thought  that  his  signature  was  sufficient. 


We  had  not  time  to  reach  Mr  Searles,  after  the  paper  was 
signed,  or  I  should  have  obtained  his  signature,  and  tried  to  do 
so  but  could  not  reach  him,  although  it  was  his  intention  to  send 
it  to  you  with  simply  Mr  Tuttle's  signature,  however  when  I  talked 
with  him  afterwards  about  it,  he  said  if  it  became  necessary,  he 
would  sign  a  new  paper.  This  is  the  whole  story. 

Mr.  Searles  wrote  you  a  letter  but  through  some  misunder¬ 
standing  only  two  sheets  were  mailed. 

I  enclose  a  new  catalogue  of  Bettini. 

Yours  very  truly, 

/  /  /  /  ^ 

rr  .  ^  um>'ng  mm  i„t 

25,000  OFFICES.  W  y 

^y'  800,000  MILES  OF  WIRE. 


The  following  Message  has  been  received  af;;.;,  .' 


N o  Inquiry  respecting:  this  Message  oan  be  attended  to  without  the  production  of  this  Paper. 

New  York,  March  25th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty:-  PERSONAL. 

I  took  Mr  Bettini  down  to  see  Mr  Searles  to-day,  and 
he  had  quite  a  lengthy  talk  with  him,  the  result-., of  which  is  that 
he  is  to  submit  to  Mr  Searles  a  letter  embodying  his  views  which 
Mr  Searles  will  look  over  and  consider  what  is  the  best  arrangerrent 
he  can  make  with  him. 

There  is  one  point  in  connection  with  it  however  that 
Bettini  particularly  emphasized,  namely,  that  he  should  have  a  per¬ 
manent  interest  in  the  business  in  Prance. 

He  believes  that  Prance  will  be  the  centre  of  the  Phono¬ 
graph  business  abroad,  and  he  would  like  very  much  to  go  to  Europe 
as  he  thinks  he  could  be  of  great  use  through  his  connections  in 

,  tz  1 1.  <1  <7  r  rt  t  'eL  ■/  fi-t V 

different  foreign  count ries^and  would  have  aii  inducement  fbr 
using  his  best  endeavors  for  the  promotion  of  the  business* 


*  hope  you  will  not  write  Mr  Searles  anything  in  regard 
to  this,  unless  he  Eh  ould  speak  of  it.  because  he  has  done  nothing 
yet  in  the  matter,  and  simply  listended  to  all  Bettini  had  to  say, 
and  will  no  doubt  work  things  around  his  way  before  any  arrangerent 
is  consumated. 

The  chief  thing  of  course,  is  the  Duplicator,  and  I  think 
Bettini  has  more  of  an  idea  of  making  an  exclusive  Agency  contract 
with  us  rather  than  the  actual  delivery  of  the  Pateht,  but  Mr 

Searles  did  not  commit  himself,  and  he  will  no  doubt  accomplish 
what  he  wants. 

While  Bettini  plains  to  Ijaye  otiier  sources  for  increasing 

his  business,  still  he  thinks  it  will  pay  him  best  to  make  a  con¬ 
tract  with  us. 

I  am  afraid  that  it  will  be  difficult  to  induce  Mr 
Searles  to  make  the  contract  in  my  name  as  your  representative, 
unless  T  were  to  insist  upon  the  matter,  which  I  understand  you 
would  not  like  ibe  to  do,  but  if  it  can  he  nicely  brought  about,  I 
will  do  it,  otherwise,  unless  I  hear  from  you  to  the  contrary,  he 
will  have  to  draw  up  the  contract  in  his  own  way. 

Mr  Searles  has  had  a  talk  with  Mallory  and  Gilmore,  but 
1  have  not  been  able  to  ascertain  how  he  stands  with  the  Phonograph 
Works,  and  I  oould  not  get  any  definite  idea  from  him  as  to  when 
the  first  machines  were  likely  to  be  shipped,  because  Bettini  took 
up  so  much  of  his  time  and  other  men  were  waiting. 

He  is  such  a  busy  man  t'hat:-it".is  difficult  to  find  at 
time  enough  for  him  to  go  into  these  matters  with  me*  aneU  I  have  to 
be  satisfied  with  suoh  fragments  as  I  can  get,  therefore  if  you  can 
send  me  copies  of  your  letters  from  him,  it  will  aid  me  in  under¬ 
standing  the  situation,  and  particularly  the  letter  he  is  writing 
this  week  as  i^rbores  him  for  me  to  ask  to  see  his  letters. 

He  will  write  you  by  this  mail,  and  as  an  illustration  a 

long  cable  was  received  by  him  from  you  this  morning,  but  he  had  no 
time  to  show  it  to  me,  or  perhaps  he  did  not  "'want  to,  at  all  events 
I  know  that  he  was  anxious  to  see  other  people,  and  X  shall  not 
probably  see  it  until  next  week,  when  in  all  probability  something 
else  will  come  up,  and  it  "*4SW^be  passed  by. 

Please  do  not  take  from  this  letter  that  X  am  in  any  sense/ 

finding  fault,  because  that  is  not  the  case,  it  is  to  place  as 
clearly  as  possible  before  you,  every  little  detail  here,  and  you 
can  be  guided  in  the  matter,  according  to  your  own  good  judgement. 

I  hope  to  be  able  to  write  something  about  Gress  hy  next 
mail,  but  he  has  not  yet  submitted  his  views,  and  they  are  slower 
than  slow,  but  we  are  doing  all  we  can  in  the  matter. 

Your 8  very  truly, 

'i  7?ftr  -4*  "/id, V/W'.  ">  <K,  •  .  fig}/,,  tLa/fi, 

1  p,s*  Referring  to  the  Clause  in  the  oontraot  in  relation  to 
stamping  in  the  metal  of  the  machines  for  other  countries  the 
Works  told  Mr  Searles,  that  they  could  not  do  this,  but  would  put 
a  plate  on  if  desired,  but  I  will  try  to  find  out  whether  it  is  an 
absolute  impossibility,  on  a  thin  plate. 

Bettini  has  obtained  control,  or  purchased  outright,  I 
do  not  know  which,  a  new  machine,  of  which  I  wrote  you,  and  I  think 
it  comes  through  Arkell,  but  he  thinks  it  can  be  manufactured  for  a 
little  over  a  dollar,  and  in  that  case  it  would  take  the  place  of 
the  "Lyrophone",  and  compete  with  the  Eagle  Graphophone,  as  well, 
because  it  looks  like  a  very  good  machine,  and  may  be  equal  to  the 
No. 2. 

If  we  make  a  contract  with  Bettini,  we  will  get  this 
machine,  and  have  it  manufactured  probably  at  the  Works,  because 
from  a  remark  now  and  again  that  Mr  Searles  made,  I  think  he  is  try 
ing  to  accomplish  something  of  importance  with  the  Phonograph  Works 

“””T  "  1 6”fo*-8 1  '»»*  whIt  he  t 

New  York,  March  25th,  1898. 


My  dear  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

I  enclose  you  an  extract  or  two  from  a  circular 
issued  by  the  American  Graphophone  Company. 

They  are  doing  an ^enormous  business  in  Eagle  Graphophones 
thilZis  the  the  $10,00Awhich  I  am  told  they  sell  to  Agents  for 
$5.00,  and  they  retail  them  for  $10.00. 

I  do  not  believe  they  cost  them  more  than  $2.50  to  make, 
and  our  No.  2  Machines,  should  be  something  in  this  neighborhood, 
as  they  can  be  made  very  cheap  indeed  in  large  quantities,  and 
vith  the  new  improved  machinery. 

X  gave  a  copy  of  your  cable  of  March  23rd  Mr. 
Searles,  and  he  said  he  would  attend  to  it,  but  I  have  not  yet 
given  a  formal  order  to  the  Works  for  any  machines. 

Your 8  very  truly, 

0  /  t  /  / 


The  first  building  to  be  bought  was  that  in  which  the  Company 
was  located,  at  the  southeastern  end  of  the  group  of  buildings  ,  in 
which  were  situated  the  American  Graphophone  Company. 

The  demand  was  so  imperative,  too,  that  it  was  not  wise 
to  wait,  so  that  the  whole  big  group  of  buildings,  with  a  large  jsife 
plot  of  land  on  the  east  side,  was  purchased  by  the  Amerioan  Grapho 
phone  Company,  and  the  occupation  of  these  buildings  was  begun. 

The  newly  purchased  building  is  400  feet  long  by  60  wide. 

The  output  for  one  day  at  the  factory  was  beaten  about 
a  week  ago,  and  the  new  record  established  has  been  kept  ever  since 
This  reoord  was  over  500"  machines  in  one  day.  When  the  new 
building  is  completed  the  output  will  reach  as  high  as  1,500 
machines  daily.  The  Company  is  flow  thousands  of  machines  behind 
its  orders. 

"On  February  11th,  1898,  the  number  of  machines  made,  averaged  one 
for  every  minute  -  that  is  a  few  over  600  were  turned  out  in  ten 
working  hours.  This  average  is  being  kept  up  and  will  gradually 
increase  with  the  increased  facilities  which  are  being  added  every 

The  extension  of  this  plant  will  cost  about  $400,000.  The  present 
weekly  pay-roll  of  the  company  amounts  to  $10,000,  and  the  workmen 
are  of  the  best  skilled  class. 

The  demand  for  Musical  records  is  so  great  that  the  present  output 
of  the  factory  does  not  supply  it,  while  the  growing  practice  by 
the  owners  of  machines  of  making  records  at  home  calls  for  double 
the  number  of  blanks,  the  present  out-put  being  10,000  per  diem, 
and  20,000  blanks. 


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No.  of  wlirdJ  29  MAR-9.8  ** 


f  1L  LONDON,  E.C.  J 


New  York,  March  29th, 1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

X  saw  Grass'  son  yesterday  and  he  saysihis  Father's 
proposition  has  bean  mailed  South  to.  him  by  his  Lawyer  in  Washingto Vi¬ 
and  we  may  expect  it  in  a  day  or  two. 

He  would  not  give  me  the  substanoe  of  it,  more  than  to 
say,  that  if  we  build  the  machines,  we  are  to  pay  him  a  Royalty  of 
$5.00  per  machine  a  year  for  several  years,  after  that  the  royalty 
to  be  reduced  to  $1.00.  This  is  all  I  could  get  out  of  him,  but 
like  the  Bettini  contract,  it  is  subject  to  approval  of  Mr  Searles. 

He  says  that  the  advertisements  which  came  out  in  England 
have  created  a  demand,  or  rather  inquiry  for  Multiplex  Phonographs, 
and  I  cautioned  him  against  selling  any  machines  for  export,  I  be¬ 
lieve  he  quoted  one  man  .i$100.  for  the  top  portion  of  the  Multiplex 
that  is  the  bed-plate  with  the  Multiplex  attachment. 

I  am  glad  to  hear  that  you  made  such  a  successful  move 
in  relation  to  the  sale  of  the  first  10,000  machines  in  England, 
and  hope  we  will  soon  get  another  order. 

Your^  very  truly, 

y  /////<  * 

New  York,  March  29th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Mori  arty: -PERSONAL. 

Your  personal  letter  of  March  19th,  is  duly  received,  and 
you  are  entirely  wrong  in  your  feeling  that  there  is  a  little  lack 
of  full  confidence  indicated  in  one  or  two  of  my  letters  to  you, 
or  that  I  would  like  to  tell  you  something  that  I  do  not. 

I  have  been  studying  over  this  remark,  and  I  have  failed 
to  solve  the  cause,  and  the  only  thing  that  cones  to  my  mind,  is 
that  one  day,  after  Mr  Searles  had  read  one  of  your  letters,  in 
which  you  spoke  of  Mr  Edison,  he  apokeko#  Edison,  as  "poor  Edison" 
and  X  told  this  to  your  Brother. 

As  far  as  I  am  personally  concerned  I  feel  that  I  have 
been  absolutely  faithful  to  my  trust,  and  always  shall  be,  as  long 
as  I  accept  the  responsibility,  whether  it  is  agreeable  to  Mr 
Searles  or  not. 

I  went  down  to  Mr  Searles  office  yesterday  morning,  after 
receiving  your  letters  of  March  18th  and  19th,  and  X  aslo^iim  what 
the  piirport  was  of  your  cable  of  last  week,  whioh  he  had  not  time 
to  s how  me  then. 

He  remarked  that  it  was  in  regard  to  money,  and  that  you 
could  not  8 end  him  anything  until  after  the  15th  of  April,  that  J. 

&  W.  Seligman  &  Co.,  were  pushing  him,  and  he  was  afraid  he  was 
going  to  have  some  trouble  with  them,  and.  that  he  intended  to  cable 
you  again. 

He  did  not  show  me  your  cable,  therefore  I  did  not  get  a 

copy  of  it,  as  usual. 

You  know  I  have  written  you  that  it  has  been  difficult 
at  times  to  get  comprehensive  information  from!. Mr  Searles,  but 
since  he  has  had  so  much  to  do  with  the  Works,  it  is  becoming  more 
so,  particularly  within  the  past  week  xxxxxx*  not  dnly  in  relation 
to  the  Works,  but  in  relation  to  Bettini,  and  I  only  find  out 
things,  by  asking  the  question  point  blank,  even  then  I  do  not 
always  get  l&f  for  instance  in  the  letter  he  received  from  the 
Phonograph  Works  recently,  he  only  read  me  that  portion  in  regard 
to  which  I  am  writing  you  in  mother  letter  in  relation  to  No. 2 
Phonographs,  and  I  cannot  ascertain  when  we  are  likely  to  get  any 
machines,  because  Mr  Searles  shows  plainly  that  he  is  disinclined 
to  answer  that  question,  and  each  time  he  refuses  and  sees  that  X 
cannot  insist,  it  makes  him  feel  that  he  can  keep  back  just  what  he 

He  received  a  letter  from  Bettini,  which  puts  in  writing 
his  views  as  a  basis  for  negotiation,  and  that  letter  was  received 
by  Mr  Searles  on  Saturday,  la  sty  but  he  said  nothing  of  it  to  me 

,  6ec-avulAjtj  di.  be, 

although  I  was  present  during  the  talk, ^soi, that  what  I  get  Is  due  fc 
to  my  following  the  matter  u  p  as  closely  as  possible,  without 
really*-  giving  offince,  although  I  am  sure  that  he  would  rather  I 

be  free  to  give  me  such  information  as  he  choose*  and  to  write  you  ! 

independently  of  me.  ! 

I  knew  therefore  that  I  would  not  be  able  to  fcet  a  copy 
of  the  letter  from  Mr  Searles,  but  obtained  it  from  Bettini,  and  i 
which  I  dndlose  to  you.  / 

Please  do  not  take  ttay  letter  as  anything  more  than 
simply  preliminary,  from  which  Mr  Searles,  will  deviSe  some  sort 
of  a  proposition  to  make  to  Bettini,  and  I  said  to  him,  that  what¬ 
ever  is  done,  Wee-  should  obtain  the  Patents  for  Great 

Britain  on  the  Duplicator,  and  care  should  be  taken  that  Bettini 
does  not  %  obtain  a  foot-hold  in  Prance,  but  if  I  am  able  to  follow 
the  thing  up,  and  can  learn  what  Mr  Searles  proposition  will  be,  I 
can  advise  you,  although  when  a'oformgr  con  tract  previous  to  this 
meeting  was  submitted  to  Mr  Searles  by  Dickerson,  X  was  not  able  to 
see  it,  and  was  put  off  for  one  reason  or  another,  and  cldefly  that 

he , 'Mr  Searles  was  too  busy  to  look  it  up.  Dickerson  does  not  now 
figure  in  the  matter. 

Now  Mr  Moriarty,  notwithstanding  the  fact  that  you  have 
told  me  repeatedly  that  I  am  your  representative  here,  and  that  you 
have  also  told  Mr  Searles,  and  I  have  also  emphasized  this,  you 
must  realize  how  difficult  it  is  for  me  to  keep  off  the  rocks  and 
to  aid  you  in  every  particular,  and  give  you  all  the  information 
in  relation  to  this  business,  when  you  know  that  Mr  Searles  manages 
all  the  different  kinds  of  business  that  he  is  interested  in  him¬ 
self  in  detail,  and  is  loath  to  relinquish  anything  to  others,  or 
as  in  the  case  of  this  Company,  even  to  give  the  fullest  details  in 
regard  to  what  he  is  doing. 

As  I  view  this  business  now,  Mr  Searles  is  beginning  to 
perceive  an  advantage  in  his  being  able  to  personally  Conduct  all 

matter8  ±UlTi0n  ^  the  W°rk8’  and^^e  wm  b°  able  *0  ac¬ 
compli  sh^m^ai son,  where  you  would  not  be  able  to  succeed,  and 


that  the  business  will  become  as  dependent  upon  him  on  this  side, 

as  it  is  upon  you  on  the  other  side,  therefore  if  he  supplies  money 

there  is  danger  of  the  balance  of  power  being  on  his  side»  for  he 
prides  himself  upon  his  ability  to  manage  a  factory. 

This  is  why  I  do  not  want  you  to  lose  a  single  advantage 

or  to  fail  to  enforce  at  all  times  anything  you  wish,  because  an 
advantage  once  lost,  is  seldom  regained. 

The  contemplated  contract  with  Bettini  and  also  with 
Gress,  should  be  made  in  my  name  as  your  representative,  and  will 
be  if  I  can  accomplish  it,  but  I  am  convinced  that  Mr  Searles  will 
in  all  probability  try  to  evade  this,  if  he  can  get  a  reasonable 

Notwithstanding  the  fact  that  I  am  very  careful  not  to 

let  him  have  any  paper  that  I  do  not  at  least  have  a  copy,  I  gave 

feim  some  months  ago  the  old  original  contract  made  when  you  were 

here  with  Bettini,  and  have  never  been  able  to  get  it  back,  he  also 

has  a  copy,  and  I  now  have  neither  one  or  the  other,  which  would 

now  be  useful  to  me  for  reference  in  view  of  this  new  contract,  but 

you  see  Mr  Searles  wants  to  do  it  all  himself,  and  always  has  a 
reason  for  not 

I  write  the  above  simply  that  you  may  know  what  I  have  to 
contend  with  here,  but  if  I  were  not  held  back,  I  should  stand  up 
stronger,  no  matter  what  the- result. 

Little  things  sometimes  make  an  impression,  and  I  may  be 
altogether  wrong  in  what  I  am  about  to  say,  but  during  the  conversa 
tion  with  Bettini,  he^said  to  Mr  Searles  that  he  could  be  of  great 
servioe  in  Prance,  through  his  connections  there,  and  also  in 

St. Petersburg,  and  other  countries,  and  that  you  had  failed  to  take 
advantage  of  an  opportunity  he  had  while  in  Paris,  but  when  Bettini 
said  in  speaking  of  Prance,  something  about  his  ability  to  secure 
capital  abroad,  I  imagined  that  Mr  Searles  saw  an  opportunity  of 
making  himself  somewhat  independent  of  you,  for  he  took  it  up 
quickly,  and  said"ean  you",  and  gave  the  impression  that  he  was 
very  much  interested,  but  this  may  have  been  simply  for  effect  upon 
Bettini,  sti/l  this  interpretation  suddenly  came  over  me  at  the 

Mr  Searles  had  another  talk  with  Mallory  yesterday,  and 
1  met  MoChesney  going  to  Mr  Searles  office,  but  its^diffieult  to 
know  whether  McChesney  ha<£  anything  to  do  with  the  business  or  not, 
as  he  attends  to  other  matters  for  Mr  SearleB,  as  well. 

Yours  very  truly, 

)'(  <7  (Tt'l/ 


New  York,  March  26,  1898. 

Mr,  J.  Searles, 

137  Wall  St.,  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

In  reference  to  our  conversation  of  yesterday,  I  wish  to 
oonfirm  in  writing  the  different  points,  that  we  discussed  together 
and  the  conditions  of  the  proposed  agreement,  that  we  have  in  view. 

I  will  agree  to  give  the  exclusive  agency,  for  the  United 
Kingdom  for  all  my  inventions,  patents,  and  goods  manufactured  by 
me,  in  connection  with  the  Phonograph  and  the  Micro  Phonograph 
business  including  also,  the  Graphophone  reproducer  and  the  records 
made  by  me,  with  the  exclusion  of  the  litt;e  machine  known  as  the 
Lyrophone  and  the  patents  covering  same. 

In  consideration  of  the  above  you  agree  to  make  me  cash 
payments  of  $2500.00  on  the  day  of  the  signing  of  the  agreement, 
and  you  agree  to  place  a  substantialnorder  for  such  goods  as  manu¬ 
factured  by  me  on  or  before  the  expiration  of  thii’ty  days  from  the 
date  of  the  signing  of  such  agreement. 

In  addition  to  the  above  ca3h  payment  and  order,  you  will  agre 
to  purchase  from  me  not  less  than  five  hundred  Micro  Phonograph 
oomplete  outfits,  or  its  equivalent  and  a  number  of  Graphophone 
reproducers  to  be  agreed  upon. 

On  all  purchases  of  Micro  Phonograph  outfits,  it  is  under 
stood  that  a  discount  of  35#  on  the  price  list  will  be  allowed  to 
you.  But  should  you  purchase  during  the  first  six  months  amount  to 
hWr.a  outfit.,  th„  *  ,m  be  j,,,,  ,o 


The  same  discount  will  apply  on  the  purchases  of  the  Graphophone 
reproducers  on  the  quantities  we  will  agree  upon. 

In  regard  to  the  payment  for  such  orders^ou  may  place  with  mi 
it  is  understood  that  one  thrird  of  the  amount  shall  be  paid  with 
the  order,  balance  and  consignment  of  goods. 

It  is  also  understood  that  you  will  extensively  advertise  my 
goods  mentioning  my  name,  and  that  you  will  give  me  an  order  for  a 
few  thousand  of  my  catalogued  records  and  supplies  which  is  now 
being  printed,  but  of  course  this  catalogue  will  have  in  its  front 
page  your  name  and  place  of  business  or  that  of  your  company,  just 
as  if  the  catalogue  had  been  issued  by  you. 

I  also  agree  to  give  you  an  option  of  sixty  days  for  the 
foreign  countries  on  the  conditions  hereafter  set  forth  if  you 
wish  to  avail  iyourself  of  this  privilege. 

For  Germany - Cash  payment  of  $2500. 

"  Austria-Hungaria -  "  »  n  2500. 

"  Russia . . * .  2500. 

?*'lft«ly .  «  «  1500. 

*  Belgium. .  "  »  «  1500t 

"  Spain,— .  "  »  •  1500. 

The  Cash  payment  of  $1500.  for  all  countries  not  above. mentioned 
with  the  exception  of  Prance. 

In  regard  to  the  quantities  of  goods  to  be  ordered  when  sign¬ 
ing  the  contract  for  such  countries  and  the  quantities  to  be  taken 
each  and  every  year,  the  importance  of  the  country  and  the  business 
in  the  line  of  phonographs,  will  naturally  have  to  be  considered. 


It  is  understood  that  in  signing  an  agreement  for  each  country 
above  mentioned  an  order  for  a  duplicating  machine  will  have  to  be 

In  regard  to  Prance  which  does  not  enter  in  the  contemplated 
agreement  a  special  arrangement  will  have  to  be  made  in  the  event 
of  your  desiring  of  taking  hold  of  that  terri  tory. 

My  reason  for  saying  so  are  that  I  consider  Prance  of  great 
value  to  me,  as  I  expect  to  have  there  the  centre  of  my  business. 
Prom  Prance  I  could  provide  the  world  with  the  most  complete  cata¬ 
logue  of  musical  and  other  records.  It  is  also  my  intention  to 
manufacture  there  my  apparatuses  and  through  my  connections  in 
Paris  I  would  not  only  facilitate  the  extension  of  my  business  but 
also  if  necessary  command  capital. 

I  have  in  Prance  already  some  very  good  agents  from  whom  I 
receive  most  important  orders. 

I  must  add  that  I  have  been  lately  in  communication  with 
important  parties  in  Paris  for  the  purpose  of  bringing  about  a 
great  business  combination,  and  I  have  already  in  my  hands 
practically  an  order  of  large  importance. 

You  can  therefore  readily  understand  why  while  willing  to 

Should  you  wish  to  have  t 

whj  „h  ,+  l  , - -  J  olosaly  connected  with  you, 

which  might  facilitate  our  business  relations,  I  am  ready  to  enter¬ 
tain  a  proposition  on  the  subjects/ 

..,I"  rl0W  °f  the  imPortan°a  of  this  matter  I  wish  to  have  it 
settled  in  one  way  or  the  other  before  the  loth  of  April  next. 

Hoping  to  hear  from  you  at  your  earliest  convenience,  I  am. 

Very  truly,  yours. 

7r>/ii  S.  <$m/7ey.  M»u<&»rt 
dfap/eti'  3T7//marti/,  Jm-  %*»>%»/. 


J/wHUMj/i  Sf/thom 

y/e(n'Miy  SUmctotf 

0.  7/77/<mlO'n/,  $m\ 

7  W  I  LLI  AM  STREET, 


S.  I'.  Moriarty,  Esq., 

London,  England. 


When  I  handed  your  letter  of  March  18th,  headed  "AUTO¬ 
MATIC  PHONOGRAPHS",  to  Mr  Searles,  he  thought  the  price  was  too  low 
that  is  the  price  named  in  the  Agreement  of  March  3rd,  which  we 
understand,  to  be  $70.  each  in  lots  of  1,000,  also  that  your  esti¬ 
mate  of  $45.  as  the  cost  to  us,  was  too  low,  but  there  has  been  no 
figuring  done  yet  on  these  machines,  and  they  ought  to  be  made  very 
cheap  in  lots  of  l,00p,but  I  will  write  you  as  soon  as  I  can  get 
any  information  about  it. 

Of  i  course  since  your  letter  of  March  18th  was  written, we 
are  in  receipt  of  your  cable,  ordering  a  thousand  Multiplexs,  and 
I  have  given  Mr  Searles,  a  copy  of  bothc  the  letter  and  the  cable. 

Yours  very  truly, 

A/X7777  'Ltr-i.  tstL-CrV  lj 

March  29th.  1898^0 


Mwdwt  JMmtadj «f:  dietew/i  0.  MP/omom  'Smr/,w^ 

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27  W  I  LLI  AM  STREET, 

S.  F.  Moriarty,  TSsq., 

London,  England* 
Dear  Sir:- 

V/s  isi«&.\ycn« below  a  list  of  the  Directors  elected  at  the 
Stockholders  meeting,  held  March  7th,  1898, 

Mr  John  8.  Searles. 

Mr,  Stephen  F.  Moriarty. 

Mr  Thomas  C.  Platt. 

Mr  Henry  G.  Marquand. 

Mr  George  N.  Morison. 

Mr  James  M.  Waterbury. 

Mr  Winthrop  M.  Tuttle, 

Mi’  Samuel  M.  Robinson. 

Mr  J.  T.  McChesney. 

A  new  Director  will  take  the  place  of  Mr  James  M.  Water¬ 
bury,  and  Mr  Searles,  has  named  Mr.  George  W.  Oakley. 

We  have  not  yet  had  an  election  of  Officers,  but  there 
is  no  immediate  necessity  of  this,  as  the  old  Officers  hold  over 
until  the  new  Officers  are  elected,  but  they  may  be  elected  at  the 
regular  meeting  on  April  11th. 

We  sent  you  a  notice  of  the  above  Directors,  and  as  there 

jh/tn  S.  ($ew/7fj.  Prcift/:///. 

dh/,/,»»  3~?//ma,rfy,  7£e 

*Q  7777///>'ldf>n/,  tjJievKiiwy 


was  no  objection  at  the  meeting,  we  did  not  think  it  necessary  to 
cable,  if  any  trouble  had, arisen  we  should  have  advised  you  at 
once,  but  really  did  not  appreeaite  that  you  looked  for  a  cable, 
and  regret  that  jiou  felt  anxious  about  it. 

Yours  very  truly, 

^1/7  7  /  h-<  L<J  rr-  V 


New  York,  April  1st,  1S98. 

My  dear  Mr  Mori arty : -PERSONAL, 

Referring  to  your  letter  of  March  23rd,  and  to  that  part 
referring  to  money,  I  told  Mr  Searles  to-day,  that  you  were  dojjng 
the  best  you  could,  and  that  the  new  Company,  were  in  all  probabil¬ 
ity  not  willing  to  pay  any  money  over  until  the  terms  of  the  con¬ 
tract  were  fulfilled,  as  they  had  a  great  distrust  of  Edison,  and 
'would  not  take  any  risks. 

If  such  a  condition  had  never  existed,  they  might 
possibly  have  wished  to  oblige  you  in  any  such  matter  and  advance 
you  some  money,  but  they  are  not  going  to  move,  as  I  take  it  in 
any  other  than  the  road  laid  down  by  the  law. 

In  regard  to  the  exclusive  control  of  type  2  Phonograph, 
Mr  Searles  says,  that  that  is  an  impossibility.' 

In  the  first  place,  the  National  Phonograph  Company  own 
the  tools,  and  paid  for  them  so  they  say,  which  gives  them  the  xxglb 
right  to  demand  the  first  machines,  but  I  believe  Mr  Searles  has 
overcome  that  point,  and  that  no  No.  2  Machines  would  be  sold  ft-om 
Edison’s  Broadway  place  at  least  for  the  present. 

Unless  Mr  Searles  was  to  obtain  a  large  interest  in  the 
National  Company,  or  a  controlling  interest  in  the  Works,  or  give 
more  orders,  possibly,  than  all  the  other  people  combined,  and  keep 
it  up,  and  prove  that  he  could  keep  it  up,  there  is  little  chance 
of  his  accomplisging  the  absolute  control  of  that  machine,  which 
would  mean  a  stoppage  of  orders  of  the  national  Company. 

Ihese  things,  Mr  Searles  cannot  do,  unless  possibly  a 


larga  sum  of  money  was  used,  and  he  is  not  at  all  inclined  to  that. 
He  considers  It absurd  to  think  of  such  a  thing,  but  he  is  just  now 
looking  to  the  new  Bettini  Machine,  as  something  additional,  which 
you  could  show  to  the  Continental  Company,  although  there  would  be 
no  greater  protection  for  that,  the  only  advantage  in  it  is  in  the 
matter  of  price,  which  is  #7.00,  that  is  to  be  the  selling  price  to 
customers,  and  if  the  ^ntinental  Company  is  dependent  upon  the 
exclusive  control  of  Type  2,  andjis  not  be  sold  here,  I  am  afraid 
that  it  will  never  be  concluded. 

I  spok?  to  Mr  Searles  to-day  about  your  Brother  as 

Inspector  at  the. Works,  but  he  will  not  hear  of  it,  90  I  drowned  it 
for  the  present, 

Yours  very  truly, 

//  // /  - 

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S.  P.  Moriarty,  Esq. , 
London,  England. 
Dear  Sir:- 

Rcfcrring  $bo  your  letter  of  March  23rd,  we  note  that 
you  state  the  order  for  150  Phonographs  to  be  of  Type  4,  which 
you  say  means  the  large  clock-work  commercial  machines. 

The  term  commercial  machines  as  ;  applied  to  Phonographs 
for  London  have  always  been  understood  by  us  to  mean,  the  "C" 
machine,  that  is,  the  big  electric  motor  Phonograph,  which  can  be 
used  for  a  large  and  small  cylinder,  but  I  take  the  order  to  refer 
to  the  16  cylinder  Tewksbury  clock-motor  Phonograph,  if  we  are 
not  correct?  you  had  better  advise  us  at  once. 

We  also  notice  that  you  say  we  will  see  by  the  order  yhat 
we  will  have  3  months  in  which  to  make  the  first  deliveries,  but  we 
cannot  figdt-re  it  out  so. 

We  presume  the  advance  of  £5,000.  will  be  remitted  as 
soon  as  the  Consolidated  Company  approves  of  the  Guarantee. 

I  do  not  think  Mrt  Searles  is  yet  in  a  position  to  say 
when  the  first  deliveries  of  type  2  will  be  made,  at  least  I  cannot 

get  any  definite  infonnation  on  this  point. 

New  York,  April  1st,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr,  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

I  feel  badly  at  finding  myself  in  rather  an  unfor¬ 
tunate  position,  as  I  have  said  jso  you  before,  I  made  it  a  point  to 
be  present  at  the  Bettini  interview,  and  Mr  Bettini  stated  that  he 
would  sell  the  new  "STAR"  machine  to  us  for  $3.00  each,  provided 
it  did  not  cost  more  than  $1.50  to  manufacture,  and  if  it  iosts 
less  than  that  figure,  we  are  to  have  a  corresponding  reduction  on 
the  #3.00,  and  the  reason  he  quoted  $3.00  is,  that  he  wants  to  make 
K  $1.50  because  he  expects  to  be  under  some  expense  for  advertising 
or  circulars  or  price-lists,  or  incidental  expenses  of  one  kind  or 
another,  but  as  I  understand  it  he  would  not  make  this  profit  in 
the  case  of  Prance,  if  the  conditions  named  in  my  letter  of  to-day 
are  carried  out/ 

The  point  of  this  whole  thi a^however ,  is,  that  Mr  Searles 
is  making  this  arrangement  with  Bettini  for  you  and  himself,  in¬ 
dependently  of  the  Company,  and  he  wants  to  make  a  profit  for  you 
and  himself  under  your  Agreements^  50  cents  per  machine,  and  for 
that  reason,  he  quoted  you  as  the  cost  to  the  Company  $3.50  in 
the  cable  to-day. 

it  ..  .  ei'cz^ 

He  thinks  that  you  and  he  ^  entitled  to  this  as  the 
C«p«ny  i.  not  making  th.  contract,  and  he  i,  „ki„g  reepon.i- 
bility  and  supplying  the  money,  therefore  he  directed  me  not  to  Bay 
anything  to  you  about  th,  eoet  of  the  machine,  in  .ora,  not 

to  you  that  Bettini  q„„t.a  price  utonfe  SeaS-leMo,  *3.00 



I  presume  his  reason  for  this  was  that  he  was  afraid  that 
you  might  be  induoed  tonquoto  a  price  to  the  new  Company  at  $3.00 
cost,  whereas  he  wants  you  to  no  doubt  base  your  cost,  or  quotation 
to  them  on  the  cost  to  us  of  $3.50. 

Now  Mr  Moriarty  you  will  see  that  I  cannot  carry  out  Mr 
Searles  wishes,  and  at  the  same  time  keep  you  advised  of  such  de¬ 
tail,  but  I  have*  not  hesitated  a  moment  in  deciding  what  my  duty  is 

consequently  I  write  the  above  letter,  but  if  you  wash  to  oblige 

me,  you  will  consider  that  I  have  not  written  this  letter,  and 
that  you  know  nothing  *  out  the  cost  of  $3.00. 

I  truit  you  will  not  fail  to  keep  this  before  you. 

I  confess  frankly  it  is  a  state  of  thing  that  I  do  not 

Yours  very  truly, 

6/  /t// /c't'JC'L 


New  York,  April  1st,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

I  learned  from  Bettini  that  he  had  made  an  appoint¬ 
ment  with  Mr  Searles  fop  yesterday  March  31st,  at  half  past  four 
o'clock,  P.M.  therefore  I  informed  Mr  Searlea  that  I  would  be 
present,  although  X  felt  that  he  was  surprised  that  I  knew  anything 
about  it. 

Bettini  came  down  by  himself  ,  and  after  a  good  deal  of 
talk,  he  agreed  to  give  us  the  exclusive  Agency  for  foreign  coun¬ 
tries  for  a  sum  for  each  country  in  proportion  to  $2500.  for  Great 
Britain,  with  the  exception  of  Prance,  which  he  wanted  excluded 
altogether,  but  finally  said  he  would  accept  $5,000.  cash,  and  a 
commission  upon  the  sales  of  his  things  in  Prance  at  some  rate 
which  was  not  then  decided  upon* 

Bettini  thinks  that  he  can  be  of  enormous  benefit  to  the 
business  in  Prance,  particularly,  and  can  establish  a  place  there 
for  making  his  Musical  Records,  because  he  is  so  well  acqu  ainted 
with  all  the  leading  singers  of  note,  and  obtain  records  where 
other  people  could  not,  he  stated  also  that  a  number  of  people  were 
now  looking  forward  to  his  coming  to  Pranoe. 

Bettini  has  obtained  control  of  a  small  clock-motor,  and 
X  enclose  you  a  rough  sketch,  which  may  give  you  some  idea  of  it, 

I  do  not  believe  it  weighs  over  10  lbs.  It  is  called  the  "STAR". 

Bettini  has  shown  this  new  Machine  to  Edison  and  Gilmore  he  Ior  hlm  ror  the  „nltsa 

that  Edison  wants  to  manufacture  the  machine  without  any  royalty, 
and  as  it  infringes  the  Edison  Patents,  I  do  not  see  how  Mr  Bettini 
can  prevent  Mr  Edison  manufacturing  the  machine  if  he  wants  to. 

I  said  to  Mr  Bettini  in  Mr  Searles  presence  yesterday 
that  he  must  not  do  so  much  talking,  and  to  let  matters  rest  until 
the  oontract  was  signed  with  Mr  Searles. 

Bettini  has  also  shown  this  Machine  to  Prescott,  and  T 
have  told  Mr  Searles  who  this  man  was,  and  that  his  name  is  on  the 
National  Company's  price-lists.  Prescott  is  Agent  for  Bettini 
things  here. 

Bettini  told  the  Works  that  if  they  were  prepared  to 
manufacture  for  him  that  he  would  pXa  ce  a  cash  order  with  them  for 
25,000  machines,  and  he  said  to  Mr  Searles,  if  that  is  not  enough 
he  will  make  it  50,000  machines.  PtU s/o  c*-, 

xw-hA.  /.r  r;  (  y  ,  v  ,V!-. . ...  Bp.  .  .. 

In  regard  to  his  Micro-phonograph  Attachments,  he  said 

;£■ T:v 

that  if  we  take  hold  of  the  "STAR"  machine,  that  he  will  give  us 
40#  discount  in  any  quantity,  instead  of  Zb%., 

Bettini  said  that  some  one  told  him  that  the  Graphophone 
could  fee  manufactured  for  $2.50  and  Mr  Searles  laughed  at  the  idea, 
but  I  said  yes  that  is  about  it,  and  X  am  told  that  the  Graphophone 
people  sell  the  EAGLE  machines  to  their  Agents  for  $5.00  each, and 
they  no  doubt  make  a  good  profit  on  them  ,  I  do  not  suppose  the 
figures  are  far  out  of  the  way,  if  I  am  informed  correctly. 

Bettini  buys  records  from  the  Graphophone  Company  ibr 

19  cents  each. 

New  York,  April  1st,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

The  Gress  contract  will  not  be  settled  for  a  week,  when 
Mr  Gress  is  expected  to  come  on  here,  the  outline  of  the  contract 
of  Gress  proposition  based  upon  a  talk  with  Mr  Searles  has  been 
sent  to  him  by  his  Lawyer  in  Washington,  but  he  will  have  to  see 
Mr  Searles  personally  to  conclude  the  matter. 

The  cable  which  Isent  you  to-day,  was  a  personal  one 
which  Mr  Searles  desired  me  to  send,  although  I  worded  it  so  that 
there  was  nothing  in^it,  that  I  could  not  say.  I  refer  to  the  one 
relating  tb  the  Bettini  machine,  and  it  was  for  the  purpose  of 
strengthening  Mr  Searles  cable  to  you,  X  presume,  but  if  there  had 
been  anything  in  it,  that  I  could  not  say,  I  should  have  sent  you 
a  separate  personal  cable,  explaining. 

These  kiind^ofoffihings  Mr  Moriarty  render  my  position 
sometimes  somewhat  difficult  to  manage,  but  I  keep  one  idea  tonthe 
front,  namely  that  I  represent  you  and  I  am  trying  to  aid  you. 

Yours  very  truly, 

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New  York,  April  4th,  1898, 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

Mr  Edison  opened  his  new  place  ofi.25th  St.,  &  Broadway, 
Saturday  evening,  April  2nd. 

It  is  the  ground,  floor,  with  two  large  plate  glass  windows 
in  the  front,  and  three  or  four  around  the  corner  on  25th  Street, 
with  a  door  on  both  25th  St.,  and  on  Broadway. 

16  is  beautifully  lighted  with  electricity,  and  makes  a 
great  show. 

I  saw  Mr  Gilmore  there,  amd  Mr  Dodge,  but  there  are  only 
three  or  four  machines  in  operation,  and  the  crowd  was  listening  to 
the  music. 

There  were  so  many  people  there,  that  it  wasdifficult  to 
get  around,  but  there  was  no.  chrage  made  to  hear  the  Phonograph,  adu£ 
while  anyone  could  listen  to  it,  yet  it  is  intended  in  reality  for 
prospective  purchasers,  therefore  they  drew  the  crowd  from  the 
Graphophone  place  on  26th  Street,  and  there  was  not  more  than  a 
dozen  people  in  the  Graphophone  show-room. 

Edison  exhibits  all  the  different  styles  of  Phonographs 
from  the  tin  foil  to  the  present  Home  phonograph,  bu  t  there  were 
no  "C"  machines,  and  no  No. 2  machines  on  exhibition. 

The  reason  no  No. 2  machines  are  exhibited  is  that  Edison 
is  holding  off,  pending  a  satisfactory  conclusion  to  the  negotia¬ 
tions  with  Mr  Searles,  and  I  asked  Gilmore  when  the  first  delivery 
of  our  No.  2  Machines  would  be  made,  and  he  said  that  defended 
upon  Mr  Seal le s,  and  that  he  Gilmore  was  going  in  to  see  him  this 



I  told  this  to  Mr  Searles,  and  he  said  that  he  had  sent  for 

him  to  come  in  tbtiakxwasdic,  and  X  think  that  Mr  Searles  will  be  able 
to  do  something,  just  how  much  I  cannojr  yet  say,  but  Gilmore  remark¬ 
ed  that  it  was  different  with  Mr  Searles  than  the  Seligmans. 

I  asked  Mr-  Searles  if  he  felt  secure  in  his  dealings  with 
Edison,  he  said  absolutely,  and  he  has  emphasized  this  to  me  several 
times,  and  in  referring  to  your  request  to  have  everything  in 
writing  -from  Edison,  etc.  Mr  Searles  said  that  he  would  rather  have 
what  he  has  than  forty  bonds,  but  he  did  not  say  what  the  thing  was 
that  he  had,  however  he  has  positively  assured  me,  that  we  were  sa<fo 
and  he  felt  secure  in  what  he  is  doing,  though  I  am  unable  to 
write  you  what  it  is. 

Yours  very  truly, 


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New  York,  April  5th,  1898, 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty:- 

I  enclose  you  a  copy  of  a  letter,  which  I  am  sending 
to  Mr  Searles,  which  explains  itself. 

I  am  inclined  to  believe  that  the  Two  Prescott  Brothers, 
are  becoming  uneasy  over  their  illegal  business,  and  I  had  a  call 
to-day  from  a  man  nemed  F.  H.  McDowell,  19  Elm  Street,  Montclair, 
New  Jersey,  who  claimed  to  have  some  patents  for  improvements  on 
the  Phonograph,  which  I  told  him  I  would  look  at,  if  he  brought 
them  around,  but  the  point  of  this  is,  that  the  Patent  matter  was 
only  incidental,  I  think,  to  a  suggestion  he  made  that  there  were 
certain  parties  in  this  country  who  were  relying  upon  foreign  busi¬ 
ness,  and  '.vho  would  like  to  make  some  arrangement;-, by  which  they- 
would  turn  over  all  of  the  ramifications  of  their  business  to  the 
United  Company,  and  the  parties  he  referred  to,  were  the  Prescott 
Brothers,  whom  he  claimed  were  active  young  men,  and  whom  when  they 
went  into  the  business,  were  not  aware  of  its  illegal  character. 

He  claims  they  know  nothing  of  his  mission. 

Of  course  you  will  realize  that  I  do  not  take  any  stock 
in  this  in  any  way,  shape  or  manner,  but  it  makes  me  feel  that 
perhaps  Edison  has  thrown  out  a  hint  that  they  may  be  cut  off. 

This  iB  only  conjecture,  but  it  looks  as  if  our  relations  with 
Edison  were  becoming  more  amicable,  and  likely  to  bear  fruit. 

Mr  Searles  is  giving  this  business,  a  good  deal  of  atten¬ 
tion  just  now,  and  has  frequent  frequent  interviews  with  the  people 
of  the  Works,  and  he  received  to-day  a  cable  from  you,  which  he  did 


not  read  to  me,  but  said  it  was  in  relation  to  the  guarantee,  and 
that  he  would  answer  it  in  a  few  days,  as  he  was  preparing  a  fom 
of  guarantee,  to  be  used  with  the  Works,  which  would  form  a  basis 
for  a  guarantee  to  the  English  Company#  and  the  new  guarantee  will 
be  taken  out  through  some  Fidelity  Company  here,  X  have  not  yet 
gottenthe  exact  name,  and^will  take  the  place  of  the  National 
Investment  Company. 

The  formal  orders  for  machines  were  made  out  and  handed 
to  Mr  Searles  yesterday,  but  they  were  dated  in  accordance  with  the 
date 4  of  your  cables,  that  is  the  10,000  No. 2  under  date  of  March 
4th,  and  the  Multiplexs  and  Cylinders  and  the  Clock-motor  (16  Cy¬ 
linder)  Machines  under  date  of  March  23rd,  we  also  gave  the  order 
for  100  No. 2  for  the  German  Company. 

I  believe  I  know  exactly  what  Types  of  Machines  are  re¬ 
ferred  to  in  the  contract  of  March  3rd,  1898,  with  the  Edison-Bell 
Consolidated  Company,  Limited,  yet  in  order  to  be  absolutely  sure 
and  in  order  that  Mr  Searles  might  not  feel  any  hesitancy  about  the 
order,  I  sent  you  a  cable  yesterday  advising  you  of  what  m  under¬ 
stood  the  b Type 3  to  mean,  but  no  reply  having  been  received,  we  ' 
conclude  our  understanding  is  correct. 

Type  No. 4  in  the  contract  calls  for  a  large  "commercial", 
and  we  have  always  understood  that  this  Type  of  Machine,  was  the 
"6"  machine,  but  when  you  ordered  150  (16  cylinder)  Clock-Motor 
Phonographs,  March  23rd,  ,,ou  also  atated  in  ypm,  letter  of  that 

date  that  that  machine  was  Type  No. 4,  so  that  this  did  not  agree 

with  our  first  tinderstanding  of  the  contract,  as  the  large  "commer¬ 
cial",  and  as  Types  5  and  6,  were  not  as  clearly  defined,  I  said 
to  Mr  Searles,  that  I  would  cable  you,  as  stated,  in  order  that  he 
might  not  be  obliged  to  rely  wholly  upon  my  interpretation. 

Mr  Searles  criticised  your  prices  of  the  "Home"  Phono¬ 
graph,  but  I  said  the  Works  could  easily  make  them  for  that,  and 
should  make  them  for  very  muoh  less,  and  I  gave  him  some  example* 
of  what  machines  really  cost  to  make. 

I  also  said  we  should  get  blanks  for  not  over  .08  cents 
each,  at  the  most. 

You i  talk  about  the  cost  of  the  Multiplex  at  $40.  to  $45. 
in  your  letters  to  me  of  March  18th  and  25th,  and  I  will  try  to 
keep  the  cost  down  as  far  as  my  demonstrating  to  Mr  Searles  goes, 
but  we  will  be  obliged  to  pay  Gress,  either  a  royalty  or  something 
for  his  Patents,  which  in  any  case  will  have  to  be  taken  into  con¬ 

I  think  I  have  surprised  Mr  Searles,  lately  about  the 
cost  of  some  things,  and  he  knows  that  if  prices  are  quoted  high  to 
him,  we  will  be  sure  to  know  it. 

McChesney  was  at  Mr  Searles  office  to-day,  and  he  asked 
if  I  had  a  letter  in  Mr  Edison's  handwriting,  addressed  to  you  in 
regard  to  the  disposition  of  the  German  money,  and  I  inquired  what 
caused  him  to  make  the  inquiry,  he  said  Edison  had  telephoned  him 
yesterday,  and  that  He  intended  to  speak  to  Mr  Searles  about  it. 

I  saw  Mr 

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He  said  how  mu  oh  is  it,  about  24,000  Marks?  As  soon  as 

Searles,  I  told  him  of  it,  and  said  to  him,  that  that  was  a  matter 

between  you  and  himself,  and  that  there  must  be  no  discussion  of 

that  by  anyone,  and  he  said  that  he  would  see  to  it,  although  a 

smile  came  over  ltfs  face,  when  I  first  mentioned  the  name  of 


In  discussing  prices  yesterday  with  Mr.  Searles,  he  read 


a  latter  from  the  Works,  quoting  thesis  Cylinder  Machine  at  $30.00 
each/  f.o.b.  Orange. 

THE  ABOVE  IS  CONFIDENTIAL, and  I  called  Mr  Searles  atten-* 
tion  to  the  fact  that  we  must  make  the  freight  from  Mew  York  to 
Lon  don . 

It  is  possible  I  may  be  in  error,  but  I  thought  that  the 
reason  Mr  Searles  does  not  always  like  to  letmme  know  the  exact 
cost  of  machines,  is  that  he  is  afraid  that  you  may  figure  too  low, 
or  toaclose  to  cost. 

Mr  Kuehn,  who  was  formerly  the  Superintendent  of  the  Vorkp 
said  to  your  Brother  the  other  day,  that  about  50#  of  the  No. 2 
machines  they  make  at  the  Works,  are  discarded,  and  the  parts  do 
not  interchange,  as  the  shafting  is  not  true,  due  to  the  building 
having  settled,  as  it  is  built  on  made  ground,  and  the  straight 
edge  will  vary,  and  nothing  will  fit  the  gauge. 

If  the  building  continues  to  settle,  this  is  liable  to 
recur,  but  I  informed  Mr  Searles,  and  he  will  no  doubt  look  into  it. 

I  mentioned  the  matter  of  Inspector  again  to-day,  and 

Mr  Searles  thinks  that  if  we  have  an  Inspector,  the  responsibility 
will  be  put  upon  us,  otherwise  the  Works  will  be  responsible,  but 
I  said  your  Brother  was  a  first  class  Inspector,  and  he  remarked, 
"is  he",  I  said,  yes,  and  he  has  a  very  good  ear^for  music,  and 
sound,  so  the  matter  stands  that  way  at  present,  and  as  nothin® 
is  yet  settled,  I  have  not  pursued  it  further. 

Yours  very  truly, 


New  York,  April  ,'5th,  1898. 

John  E.  Searles,  Esq., 

117  Wall  St.,  New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mr  DeCastro  informed  me  that  they  were  selling  a  good 
many  Bettini  Outfits,  and  other  things  to  foreign  countries, 
nojrably  to  Brest  Britain,  Spain  and  Prance. 

Underthe  contract  made  with  Mr  Moriarty,  and.  which  has 
not  yet  expired,  Bettini  is  obliged  to  account  for  all  sales  to 
foreign  countries,  and  it  might  eause  very  severe  criticism  from 
the  English  Company,  if  they  found  this  out. 

All  we  have  to  do  in  order  to  keep  alive  that  contract 

18  t0  SiVe  an  0rd8r  for  250  of  outfits  within  the  year,  say  bo 
July  1898, 

If  you  are  not  able  to  make  satisfactory  terms  on  the 
new  basis,  it  is  well  to  remember  that  this  Agency  contract,  is 
still  in  force  and  at  the  proper  time,  we  can  make  a  demand  upon 
Bettini  upon  all  sales  made  since  September  15th,  1897. 

Yours  very  truly, 

G.  N.  Mori  son, 


jFo/m'  S.  //:  ■).  MkmAiuA 

$te/i/ow  JRTP/mir*///,  ffi»  %*>;,/*„/> 

<p/<Uthon/  Hsftwtctmtf 

$.  MflArnttom  Stwfart/, 

7//\ i Jtt ///<:>  ,‘jreft.usrt 

5th.  1898  J<$9_ 

My  Dear  sir: 

I  have  before  me  your  letter  of  the  35th.  ult.  which  has  been 
caro fully  noted. 

X  have  also  your  two  cables  of  the  snd.  and  5th.  knot,  and  as  I 
am  cabling  you  this  evening  I  expect  to  arrange  the  guarantee  business 
within  a  day  or  two  in  a  way  which  I  trust  will  be  satisfactory.  But  I 
am  having  some  trouble  over  your  oontraot,  as  to  the  pfcice  of  the  Home 
machines.  I  do  not  understand  where  you  could  have  gotten  the  prices 
you  have  made  on  the  Ho.  3.  Tho  only  prices  given  you  by  Edison  were  in 
his  le  ter  of  the  37th  of  July  last,  which  were  scaled  from  §17.90  down 
to  §16.30  each,  whereas  the  figures  named  by  you  are  §16.00,  §14.00  and 
§13.50  The  Works  state  that  it  simply  impossible  for  them  to  make  the 
machines  at  this  price  and  they  will  not  accept  that  contract.  1  await 
reply  to  my  cable  on  the  subject. 

The  Works  are  doing  their  best  to  get  out  the  No.  3.  machines,  but 
as  is  always  the  case  with  a  new  machine,  the  hands  have  to  be  broken  in 
and  it  takes  a  little  time  to  get  the  proper  adjustment  for  the  making 
Of  them  in  quantities.  There  will  be  no  machines  offered  for  sale  until 
wo  are  ready  to  make  our  first  shipment. 

Regarding  the  criticisms  of  the  Ho. 3.  contained  in  your  letter  to 

Jjb/Mt>&.<§ear/i '■).  Jflv/mM.stf Sr/Atm  @.7&fflm4ow  tlWw//. 

'^*7»**'  ggZ^MLXfc  .T,r„.u,„ 

27  Wl  LLI AM  STREET, 

_ _ _ M9 

Morison,  it  is  claimed  that  the  difficulties  complained  of  are  now  rear 
edied  and  I  shall  send  you  by  Saturday  's  boat  a  new  machine  which  will 
be  a  fair  sample  of  what  is  to  be  furnished. 

Gross  has  just  arrived  in  town  and  X  have  an  appointment  with  him 
tomorrow  when  I  hope  to  be  able  to  come  to  3ome  arrangement. 

Bettini  undertook  to  conduct  the  negotiations  with  Edison  for  the 
manufacture  of  his  small  machine,  without  success,  since  receiving 
your  cable  advising  that  your  Continental  friends  were  not  eager  for 
such  a  machine  I  have  not  pushed  the  matter,  preferring  to  wait  for  your 
promised  letter  of  the  2nd- 

We  are  not  clear  as  to  what  your  "Typo  4"  machine  is  As  nearly  as 
we  can  make  Ditch#  the  number  of  the  sample  it  is  a  simple  clock  motor 
machine  after  the  Tewksbury  type.  But  your  contract  speaks  of  it  as 
"the  large-  commercial"  machine-  I  asked  Mr.  1, 'orison  to  cable  you  for 
an  explanation,  but  to  this  writing  have  no  reply.  The  only  "commercial 
machine"  we  know  of  is  the  Edison-Bell  machine,  abd  you  certainly  cannot 
refer  to  this  ao  it  was  not  a  clock  motor.  On  this  point  I  hope  to  haws 
tomorrow,  further  information. 

Yours  very  truly, 

S.P.Moriarty  Esq.  /  £■  y 


London,  Eng. 

New  York,  April  5th,  1898, 

My  dear  Mr.  Moriarty:-  1  c ■■■.*•  ■ 

Mr  G.  V.  Grass  has  just  come  to  town,  and  T  have  made  an 
appointment  for  him  to  meet  Mr  Searles  to-morrow  afternoon  at 
half  past  four  o'clock. 

In  the  meantime,  he  has  submitted  to  us  his  proposition, 
which  is  in  the  fbrm  of  a  License  Agreement,  based  remotely  u  pon 
the  conversation  Mr  Searles  had  with  him  a  few  weeks  ago. 

I  said  to  Mr  Searles  this  morning,  that  we  must  have  the 
patents,  that  is  own  the  Patents  outright,  and  that  if  we  are 
obliged  to  agree  to  take  so  many  machines,  or  to  build  so  many 
machines  per  year,  and  our  orders  should  overrun  the  number  agreed 
upon,  that  the  overplus  should  count  upon  the  number  for  the 
following  year. 

The  price  of  $5.00  is  too  high  anyhow  in  my  opinion  if  a 
royalty  is  agreed  upon,  but  I  am  afraid  he  will  want  too  much  money 
tonbuy  the  patents  outright  without  royalty. 

The  Bettini  matter  is  not  yet  settled,  but  must  be  in  a 

Yours  very  truly. 

few  days. 

Mt  Top,  April  7th,  1898. 

My  door  Mr  Morlarty: -PERSONAL. 

Mr  Saartsa  axaautad  throo  doaunsnta  to-day,  and  raqnoatad 
m  to  bring  to  Mi  offlaa  tho  Soil  of  tha  Company,  whloh  i  did, 
and  affftma  it  to  tha  papara  with  my  attaatation. 

*  MM  no  Ida*  Mat  tta  in  than  ttntii  tha  amnmt  i  was 
raquaatad  to  affix  ay  signature,  and  than  only  got  a  horrlod  giansa 
at  than,  but  it  waa  anffiaiant  to  giva  ms  an  ldaa  of  ttaalr  aontonts. 

Oni  dominant  «aa  an  Agraamont  with  tha  Unitsd  company  to 
porahaaa  from  tha  National  monograph  Company  a  ono-hal: f  lntaraat 
in  tta  toolo,  whloh  ware  mado  by  tha  Phonograph  Works,  or  purohaaad 
by  them  for  abtotmi  of  tha  National  Phonograph  company. 

■  "  **ia  ♦•tal  "oobt'‘of  thooo  tlolo  woo 4*1,648.97 ' ,  «na~half 
of  whloh  tha  UnltOd  baiqmay  will  yayi'\' 

,v"  ^^'tiTOa  tha  Veto'd  company  eno-half  of  tha  produat  of 
tha  Phonograph  iapka  of  «taadard  ho.  •  Maahinaa,  in  otbar  worda, 
if  tha  -  telegraph 'Norka  manufaature.aay  10,000  Haohinaa  of  wo.a 
typa,  thoy  will  ba  bound  to  giva  ua  ona-half  of  thia  output,  if  wo 
haaa  ordara  in  fbr  than,  so  that  tho  National  Oampany’a  ordara 
aanhO't  Mara  praaadanaa  swap  thaaa  of  tha  UMtad  Company,  baaouaa 
tha  Mllod  Oanpdny  »m  omi  ona-half  tha  toolo. 

dnotkwp  AgNonant  had  to  ba  algnad  by  tha  Into  motional 
Oraphophona  <fe*ny^  and  Iwaaabia  to  oaa  it  long  anough  to  gat 
tha  fallowing  ihroiantion. 

to  ml  nation 

It  prawldaa  that  in  aonaldaration  of  tha  Tnmmi  by  tha 
th*  Company  of  taptaln  lawsuit  a 


the  Work*  or  *dieon,  agree  to  pay  to  the  Unite A  Company  |8,ooo. 
when  the  distribution  of  Assets  is  made  by  the  North  American 
Phonograph  Company  or  Revolver. 

■  A  separate  Agreement  also  eeneenta  to  the  Release  of 
John  B.  Hardin,  from  the  aseelverehip. 

I  think  1  am  about  oorreet  in  the  above  understanding  of 
the  Agreements,  but  as  stated  before,  I  had  little  or  no  time  to 
look  them  ever,  and  Mallory  went  into  the  offiee  as  i  went  out. 

If®  not  i$w  whether  I  am  doing  exactly  right  in  notlfy- 
lng  you  in  ^regard  to  ths  abovs.  but  X  would  rather  give  up  the 
position  herf^  than  be  obliged  to  withhold  from  you  anything  in 
conns  otioncith  tbif  .bueiaoea^  because  I  haip»  said  that  I  would 
eare  lbr  your  interact,  and  l  am  doing  eo  ae  far  as  I  ean  without 
offending  MrSoerlce.yoti  will  however  appreciate  the  sane#  of  the 
,.f&en.- X  .tfU  yen  that  i  faked  Mr  seariee  if  he  had 

aeti^iod  yon  ef  the  above  agrfemsnta,  and  he  replied,  he  had  not. 

(>  '  '/ 

•ff.  that  he  did.  not.  wieh  me  to  either,  and  upon  my  stating  again 
that  you  should  ba  notified,  ho  replied  that  he  would 
•Men  hs  got  rsady,moanliig  that  Ms  was  not  yet  propared  to  do  so, 
and  gave  me  the  impression  that  he  did  net  want  to  be  interfered 
with  until,  ha  hat  completed  all  that  hs  has  on  hand. 

.  Mo  also  remarked  that  be  was  running  this  and  of  the 
business,  stoieh  he  lms  remarked  to  ms  before, 

6  In  Mfltrt  to  tlMN  cult*  whi«h  hm  b«an  diiamtlnutd,  I 
**  "^  *"•*  *"*  nu  *111‘*»1  ^  r««srd  to  them,  but  you  know  they 

*r»  of  long  standing,  and  as  Mr  Hughes  remarked  at  one  time,  Were 
of  v*ry  doubtful!  issue,  but  might  serve  as  a  olub  over  Edison. 

If  however  they  were  pished,  it  is  a  tjuestion  whether 
they  would  bO  successful,  and  would  be  expensive,  besides  unsettling 
tHe  business  perhaps  for  *  eonsiderabie  time,  and  keeping  up  the  ^ 
emttitp  Of  Edison,  whidh  would  be  .  to  sdy  the  ledst,  iihfoftuniw, 
in  view  Of  the  present  neoeasity  of  having  the  orders  miod,  bp 
that  if  Hr  Maple's  pas  made  or  is  making  some  further  beppfijsial 
arrange  rant  a  iri ih  Edison,  and  as  a  eondition  withdrawing  these 
suitii  it  may  be  a  decided  advantage  to  do  so,  hut'  as  I  am  not 
•ware  or  Wha«  he  ii  doing,  I  simply  submit  this  oon»nt  fOr  what 
if  ia -worth:  '•  /:»«  .•  *• 

toy  I  ask  you  to  treat  this  letter  as  if  it  had  not  been 
wrliten.  bedause  l  tell  is  hot  pleasant  to  find 
oneselftpuiiadin  two  dirediions.andshubbed  when  1  ask  to  see  your 
eabieef'  .v  ■  "  '  Votu-a 

Jh/w  <&  <&ear/<a,  Btuu&uti  Jfiomatjifi  3  7% /ftmiuMf  <&tmKfy#p 

Sd/t/teMf  £7famadl/,  %»  TUnuttsttf,  J&nbm/  Woveton'  W*mt/Mrf»M3nte/e, 

S.E-Moriarty  Esq. 

London,  England: 

My  Dear  sir: 

I  have  none  of  your  mail  favors  to  reply  to  but  have  had 
quite  an  important  exchange  of  cablegrams 

The  character  of  the  guarantee  wanted  by  you  for  the  English  eont^ 
rabt ,  was  in  many  particulars  one  that  no  surety  company  would  give 
and  no  one  but  a  surety  company  could  give  such  a  guarantee  as  that  re¬ 
quired-  It  could  not  have  been  had  at  all,  but  for  seantor  Platt's 
influence  and  assistance  wit h  the  Fidelity  Company  of  which  his  son  is 
Vice  president;  and  even  this  company  refused  to  give  it  without,  .praoti 
cally  a  personal  guarantee  from  me  as  to  its  fulfillment-  It  tool:  until 
yesterday  evening  to  secure  their  assent,  and  that  on  personal  graounds 
This  morning,  the  moment  Mr-  Tod  arrived  at  his  office,  he  cabled  the 

I  hoped  for  advices  of  the  promised  remitance  of  $50,000  today,  in 
addition  to  the  4,000  Pds-  .which  was  promised  yesterday  for  account  of 
machines,  based  upon  which  I  had  promised  Edison  some  money,  for  which 
I  was  obliged  to  give  him  today  ray  personal  ohecK,  in  order  to  carry 
out  my  agreement. 

By  your  cablegram  received  this  afternoon  I  learned  that  cable  was 

J/fa/w&^eairiet),  Zhur/tuf.  AwMlf  Se/toom  &.  7/.7?/rm<ion,,  deemfm-//, 

<$(<■/, /wh,  Jl  77itrrwrfy,  &■  ZW.Ut,  ■*»'/  ®m*6*  .fc„Mfmr 


received  too  late  to  get  the  money  for  transmission,  and  tomorrow  being 
a  holiday  nothing  will  be  transmitted  until  Saturday.  I  do  not  understand 
then  why  you  promise  only  a  part  of  the  money,  and  that  the  balance  will 
only  be  forthcoming  after  the  directors  meeting  on  Tliursday  next,  when 
it  was  already  promised  for  today-  Possible  I  shall  get  some  further 
light  on  this  subject  by  cable  on  Saturday. 

X  now  came  to  your  cable  announcing  the  closing  of  the  oontraot 
for  the  continent  of  Europe,  including  Prance;  but  by  reason  of  the  lack 
of  punctuation,  its  provisions  are  not  clear. 

As  I  understand  your  message  you  do  not  think  well  of  giving  Bet- 
tini  any  contingent  interest  in  the  future  of  the  business  in  Prance, as 
he  desires-  But  with  his  supremo  confidence  in  his  ability  to  enter  the 
Prench  market  on  his  own  account  it  will  be  difficult  to  deal  with  him 
outright.  I  shall,  however’  have  an  interview  with  him  on  Saturday  or 
Monday  and  will  see  what  can  be  done- 

You  say  you  "believe  can  safely  accept  conditions  600  Bettini  pho¬ 
nographs  for  continent"  but  I  do  not  feel  warranted  in  entering  into  a 
contract  on  mere  belief-  Furthermore,  this  does  not  meet  the  conditions 
which  are  that  we  shall  give  him  a  substantial  order  for  Great  Britain, 
besides  paying  him  the  §8500,. Further  orders  are  to  bo  given  in  conneotion 
with  the  tranfer  of  rights  for  the  Oontinent.  If,  a3  you  state,  your 
syndicate  is  so  powerful  that  no  one  else  will  be  allowed  to  sell  in 

Jfo/w S.  <7>}:ar7\j.  fflaut/nut, 

<$/e/t/uw  7%77/marty,  7,i,. „'(//■  m f 

S.  $ccivta,ry. 

y77fd/vr<yt/77/<  tJrcftMtn 


'%77/ //r/rJ^ _ 

Prance,  it  is  probably  bettor  not  to  attempt  to  close  that  country  with 
him  until  he  is  convinced  by  the  strength  of  the  new  organisation  of  his 
error  in  thinking  the  field  open  to  him.  However,  your  letter  will  ox* 
Plain  fully,  when  received  and  I  shall  defer  action  concerning  the  Con¬ 
tinent  until  I  hear  from  you>  meanwhile  cabling  you  for  definite  instruc 
tions  concerning  Bettini  maohines  for  Great  Britain. 

I  shall,  of  oourse,  be  anxious  to  receive  confirmation  of  this 
cable  and  particulars  of  sale. 

I  am  negotiating  with  Edison  to  clean  up  all  the  old  matters  and 
start’  the  business  on  a  fresh  understanding,  which  I  hope  to  consummate 
before  the  next  mail- 

Awaiting  your  further  favors 
I  remain 

Yours  verjft  truly 

Ay  ' 

Haw  York,  April  8th,  1898. 

My  dear  Ur  Uoriarty:  -PKR80NAL. 

A  maetlng  la  called  for  next  Monday,  April  Uth,  whan 
the  Offioera  for  the  ensuing  year  will  be  elected,  also  the 
Sxeedtlve  cWittee.whieh  I  praam*  will  be  the  sane  ,  aa  foliowa. 
-  Mr.  John  R.  -Searlee,  President. 

Mr  Stephen  P.  Moriarty,  Vtee-Preoident. 

'Mr.  9.  H,  Morison,  Seeratary. 

Mr.Wirithrop  u.  Tut  tie ,  Trea surer . 

;  '  '■  ■-'<>' <  BJKOUTm  OOMMITTRB. 

■  '  '  ’’  W*  John  M.  : Searlea. 

Mr.  Thomaeo*  Piatt. 

Mr.  S.  N.  Mori aoii. 

‘  '  Mrv  Winthrop  M.  tattle. 

Mr  J .  t.  Meohennay.’ 

If  there  l  a  titty  change  la' the  Rxeeutive  Committee,  I 
Mill  notify  you  by  na*t  nail. 

I  note  what  you  aay  in  your  letter  of  Maroh  83rd,  in  re¬ 
lation  to  your  aeeoun\,  and  Mill  give  it  attention. 

-  -  I  do  not  know  yet-  when  the  firtft  naohinea  will  be  deliver 
'ad.'  - 

y»um  vary  truly, 

New  York,  April  11th,  1898, 

My  dear  Mr.  Moriartyi- 

Mr  Sear  lee  informed  me  this  morning  in  talking  about  the 
payment  to  the  Works  for  toola,  that  the  amount,  he  would  have  to 
pay  to-day,  was  $11, 542.97,  therefore  I  was  not  oooroet  in  my 
letter  to  you  of  April  7th,  that  this  figure  constituted  the  total 
eoet  of  the  toola. 

the  total  eoet  is  twiee  that,  or  #88,088.94,  and  that 
upon  my  remarking  upon  the  high  eoet,  he  eaid  well  have  you  aeon 
them,  J  aaid  no,  well  he  said  I  have  an  itemized  bill  ofnthem, 
and  they  are  delieate  fine  toola. 

He  did  not  show  me  the  bill,  so  I  cannot  Judge  anything 
about  it,  but  that  sum  of  money  ought  to  purchase  some  very  fine 

I  asked  Mr  Scenes  when  we  wore  going  to  got  any  machines 
and  he  did  not  seam  to  know,  but  he  remarked,  that  we  would  have 
the  first  machines,  and  that  the  National  Oompsny  would  not  resolve 
any  before  we  get  our  first  delivery, 

Z  asked  also  whether  the  nmittenoe  had  been  received 
from  you  of  U0,000,  far  meehlnoe,  he  said  he  had  Just  received 
a  sable  remittanea  of  U.000,  or  #9870.  and  seemed  to  bo  mash  on* 
noysd  that  the  amount  was  not  uo,ooo,  as  he  remarked  that  he  had 
to  pay  ever  #11,000.  for  tools  to-day,  end  the  melt  tone*  did  net 
even  some  up  to  that  amount,  end  that  he  hod  to  pay  half  the  eoet 
of  the  meshime  la  advenes* 


I  made  an  appointment  for  him  to  meet  Bettlnl  on  Wednesday 

at  4  o’clock*  and  I  cm  trying  to  push  along  the  Cress  matter. 

April  8th 

Mr  Searlea  eaid  that  he  had  cabled  youAthat  we  would  have 
to  give  an  order  to  Bettlnl  for  machines,  or  some  of  hla  micro-pho* 
graph  Outfits,  and  asked  you  to  send  on  an  order,  but  has  not  heard 
from  you.  ' 

Ur  Searlea  also  said  that  you  cabled  that  the  Continental 
Oontraot  had  been  forwarded  last'  Saturday,  and  therefore  that  that 
matter  was  closed,  and  that  he  had  cabled  you  that  tie  could  not 
control  the  output  of  machines  for  the  United  States,  but  could  do 
so  for  foreign  territory,  and  that  therefore  this  aust  have  been 
understood  by  you  before  the  Continental  contraot  was  closed. 

Mr  Searlss  said  he  had  cabled  you  a  guarantee  to  the 
amount  of  $100,000.  in  the  fidelity  and  Deposit  Company  of  Maryland 
and  that  he,  Mr  Searlea,  had  been  obliged  to  give  his  personal 

guarantee  to  gev  it. 

Mr  Searlss  criticised  your  not  sending  more  than  12,000. 
when  you  had  written  so  positively  that  you  had  made  arrangements 
to  send  MO, ooo.  and  I  remarked,  that  you  had  had  a  great  deal  of 
trouble  with  those  people  over  there,  and  that  it  was  probably 
like  drawing  teeth  to  get  any  money  out  of  them  In  advanoe,  ete. 

Yours  very  truly, 


P.S.  Since  writing  the  above.  I  decided  to  write  a  letter  to  Mr 
Searlea  in  re»rd  to  what  1  think  is  such  an  exorbitant  prise  fOr 
the  tools,  a  copy  of  whioh  1  enclose* 


New  York,  April  11th,  1898. 

John  B.  Searles,  Esq., 

117  wall  st.,  New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  cannot  refrain  from  dropping  yon  a  line  to  expreae  my 
feeling  in  regard  to  the  priee  the  Worke  are  charging  you  for  the 
tdols  for  th«  No.  2  Machine. 

The  pjtfoe  Bferae  to  me  eo  enormone,  that  I  feel  confident 
they  eannot  eoat  anything  like  Buoh'a  aum  «£,  #23,000. 

Mr  Searlea,  give  it  a  aecond  thought  beofe  you  pay  the 


Youra  very  trUlfr, 
0.  N.  MOriaqn, 


New  York,  April  12th,  1898. 

Mx>  4wm  Mr  Mori arty:  - PERSONAL. 

In  reply  to  your  flavors  of  Marsh  30th  and  April  2nd, 
enclosing  copies  of  lattars  to  Mr  Searles  and  cablegrams,  all  of 
which  were  received  by  the  aoaa  nail,  I  have  aeon  Mr  Searles  and 
showed  him  your  letter  to  me  of  April  2nd. 

The  Battinl  matter  ia  not  yet  completed,  but  I  told  Mr 
Searles  yesterday  that  I  would  make  an  appointment  for  ibMay '  'V 
with  Bettini^  vmoh  X  have  dona;  at  4:80  o’ cloak,  although  Mr 
Searles  aeeaad  rather  depreaaad  yesterday  about  the  business,  due 
I  preauaa  to  the  fast  that  only  L2,000  was  resolved,  but  he  will  get 
over  this,  and  it  is  not  worth  Mila  for  you  to  feel  worried  over 
it,  and  I  simply  write  theea  things,  as  a  little  synopsis  of  daily 

Mr  Bettini  said  to  me  yesterday,  that  not  having  made 
satisfactory  arrangements  with  the  Phonograph  works  to  manufaeturo 
thetsaail  mash ins,  ha  had  ordered  ssooo  made  through  the  party  who 
owned  the  patent,  but  those  goods  wars  for  tha  United  states,  and 
would  not  lntarfara  with  his  arrangements  with  Mr  Searles(  ha  is 
howavar  lmpatisnt  to  soma  to  sane  understanding  with  Mr  searles, 
and  is  liable  to  go  off  in  disgust  if  wa  do  net  do  something,  and  he 
talks  as  if  ha  was  vary  independent,  whleh  toe  may  be,  if  it  la  true 
that  other  parties  haws  bean  endeavoring  to  moke  an  alliance  with 


I  do  not  think  that  Mr  Searlea  really  feels  disposed,  to  pay 

any  money  to  either  Bettini  or  Greee,  at  least  not  until  more  money 

oomes  from  London,  butnl  think  the  Bettini  matter,  will  probably 

eome  to  a  head  on  ttwaduy  April  1-Sth. 

The  talk  with  dress  last  week  wae  not  final,  so  far  as 
Mr  Searlea  understands  it,  but  dress  promised  to  send  him  a  model 
madhins,  and  to  let  him  have  the  uee  Of  hie  tools,  if  h*,  Mr; 
Searlea,  deolded  to  manufacture  them,  but  when  I  palled  at  dress’ 
office  this  morning,  I  was  astonished  to  learn  that  he  had  gone 
South  again,  and  would  hot  return  before  the  1st  of  May;  he  ia 
really  a  a"  bad  ae  the  Spanish,  and  ia  inclined  to  put  everything  off 
but  hie  eon  had  a  power  of  Attorney,  and  promised  me  to  send  the 
model  machine  to  Mr  Sedrlsa  to-morrow  or  next  hay. 

The  terms  dieeusped  with  Mr  dress,  were  praetieally  the 
same  aa  those  outlined  to  you  in  a  previous  letter,  but  1  said  to 
Mr  Searlea  yesterday  that  we  must  own  the  Patents,  and  I  remarked 
how  are  you  going  to  do  in',  Mr  Searlea,  and  he  replied  that  he 
would  have  to  i&ke  up  hie  mind  during  the  interview  with  dr*se,  hut 
W*8  not  aware  than  that  Grpea  hpd  Jupt  returned  Sputh,  eo  fhat 
if  he  ie  unable  to  aeeompliah  anything  with  his  Son,  I  shaU  epk 
him  to  write  dress  suoha  letter  as  Will  bring  him  on  again. 

When  Mr  Searles  gate  the  model  maohine,  he  will  find  out 
what  iilsoats  to’ make  them, 

dress  said  that  he  had  200  of  these  map hlne a  on  hatid,  1O0 
of  which  oould  be  delivered  almost  immediately,  and  I  shall  aak  Mr 


to  eeeitre  these  at  onoe, 

Ihe  contents  of  your  letters  are  carefully  noted,  and  I 
asked  Mr  Searlea  to  read  yopr  letters  to  him  which  were  received 
this  wash,  very  carefully,  and  he  said  he  had  read  every  word  of 

Bettlnl  ha 8  only  the  eang>le  of  hie  hew  machine,  therefore 
I  cannot  send  you  one  at  present,  but  he  has  promised 'W  me  have 


one  out  of  the  first  that  are  rode- 

I  note  what  you  eay  In  your  letter  to  Mr  Searlea  of 
April  2nd,  in  regard  to  gattlng  the  Bettlnl  Patents. 

Voura  very  truly. 

Hew  York,  April  12th,  1^9B. 

Up  dear  Hr  Horlarty:-PBRSOHAl/ 

Referring  to  your  letter  to  me  of  Maroh  83rd,  X  en¬ 
close  yon  •  meaiorendiiei  of  yonr  Aeeount  to  Maroh  Slat,  as  requested, 
but  which  ie  subjoet  to  the  approval  of  the  Board  of  Directors,  In 
addition  to  the  figures  embodied  in  the  aeeount,  you  will  be  en¬ 
titled  to  a  oommiaeion  upon  all  the  eash  resolved  aa  per  Agreement 
and  as  soon  aa  X  hear  from  you,  X  will  present  it  to  Mr  Searlea. 

The  epHHieslon  above  referred  to,  aa  you  know,  is  aa sign¬ 
ed  to  Hr  Searlea  aa  trustee. 

*  Yours  very  truly, 

jfr/to*  S.  4«w4t  ffiaurAn/,  J7umtaaj&  S.  76Vlm<tom  $e<m /an/. 

jffltmarty,  7ms  BtauietU,  .^4 wort/  mndort  Ifatt/ito/tsMokO/ei  SmtMsmv 

S.p.Moriarty  E3q. 

London,  England . 

My  Dear  Sir: 

Since  my  last  I  have  your  letters  of  the  30th-  of  March 
and  1st.  and  2nd-  innt. 

in  the  former  you  state  that  you  have  arranged  with  the  directors 
for  an  advance  of  §60,000  to  be  paid  you  on  the  oth.  of  April  to  be  usod 
in  payment  for  machines* 

I  received  on  Saturday  a  remittance  of  §9,070-  since  which  I  have 
heard  nothing  from  you,  notwithstanding  my  cable  of  the  8th.  inst.  ashing 
definitely  for  advices  concerning  further  remittances* 

According  to  your  letter  of  the  1st.  on  payment  of  the  instalment 
due  April  4th.  and  after  throe  days  in  which  to  effect  clearances  a  moet- 
ing  would  be  arranged  to  pay  over  the  amounts  due  under  the  contraot , 
whereupon  remittance  was  to  be  made  on  account  of  purchase  money; 

I  judge  from  your  cable  of  the  7th.  that  the  holidays  intervening 
the  meeting  of  the  Board  was  postponed  until  the  14th-  on  which  day  I 
expect  yon  will  remit. 

The  same  letter  repeats  the  statement  concerning  the  §60,000  which 
was  already  authorised  to  be  cabled  on  account  of  machines:  In  view  of 
which  i  am  at  loss  to  understand  why  the  money  ha3  not  been  forwarded- 

Ji>/l/fS.<S/MI'L).  %n>"/e»A  & 7A7?//rM0/t/,  Srctr/o.ry. 

<$to/t/ww  at  /Aw//,  J&>  MwiAnA  M*u»y  SQvmfm'  3m,.u,mK 


Tho  absence  of  this  money  is  hindering  the  filling  of  the  orders 
for  the  mohines,  as  on  the  strength  of  your  cable  I  promised  Edison  some 
money  and  he  is  now  annoyed  at  not  getting  it.  £  have  not,  consequently, 
the  same  power  to  push  him  on  our  orders  that  X  would  have  otherwise. 

Referring  to  your  letter  of  the  2nd-  inst.  I  have  done  nothing  fur¬ 
ther  with  sett ini  as  X  am  unable  to  c triply  with  the  terms  of  the  agree¬ 
ment  which  includes  the  placing  with  him  of  a  substantial  order  for  his 
microphonograpns  for  Great  Britain,  simultaneously  v/ith  the  execution 
of  the  contract,  as  also  the  payment  of  $3500. 

It  is  impossible  to  send  you  at  present  a  model  of  his  new'. small 
machine-  it  is  a  machine  which  is,  I  think.,  entirely  unlike  anything  you 
have  ever  seen  and  in  many  respects  hotter-  However ,  I  quite  agree  with 
you  that  it  is  not  desirable  to  introduce  it  at  a  time  when  you  are  mak¬ 
ing  a  market  for  the  No-3's  upon  which,  as  you  very  properly  state,  we 
shall  depend  for  our  main  business. 

I  shall  say  nothing  to  Bottini  of  your  powerful  syndicate  which 
will  prevent  his  doing  anything  in  France,  until  i  have  received  your 
copy  of  contract  describing  same,  which  x  understand  will  arrive  in  Sat¬ 
urday's  mail- 

Awaiting  your  further  favors  I  remain. 

Yours  very'^ruly, 

Sew  York,  April  14th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriartys-PSRSOHAIi. 

Referring  to  ywur  letter  of  April  6th,  enclosing  letters  to 
Mr  Sesrles,  I  have  Just  been  to  his  office,  And  showed  him  the 
Weekly  Report  of  March  31st,  which  shows  a  credit  to  you  of  *250. 
for  cash  advanced. 

I  called  Mr  Searlee  attention  to  your  remarks  in  relation 
to  Bet tint,  and  he  remarked  in  effeot  that  you  were  very  toploftio/z-G 
with  yout  big  French  Company,  and  that  you  indicated  that  you  did 
not  care  anything  at  all  about  Bettini  now,  eto,  etc,  but  I  re¬ 
marked  that  you  did  not  mean  that  you  eared  nothing  at  all  about 
the  Patent*,  the/^we  ought  to  have  the  Patents  for  the  Duplicator, 
and  also  Gross  Patents. 

He  said  that  hs  would  get  the  Bettini  Patents  for  Great 
Britain  for  12,500.  but  I  said  to  him  that  that  was  the  first 
arrangement,  and  that  Bettini  does  not  understand  it  so  at  the 
present  time,  but  he  intimated  that  he  would  have  it  so  when  hs 
,  drew  up  the  agreement. 

Mr.  Searles  wrote  to  Grass  the  day  before  yesterday,  and 
asked  him  to  telegraph  a  reply,'  it  was  simply  outrageous,  his  going 
awpy  without  coming  in  to  ess  Mr  Ssarles  again,  and  I  do  not  know 
what  to  make  of  14,  but  it  may  corns  all  right  in  a  day  or  two. 

Mr  Searles  says  that  you  received  the  Guarantee  on  the 
day  your  letters  of  April  6th,  were  written. 

Mr  Searlee  received  a  sable  from  you  to-day,  announcing 


that  the  first  payment  from  tha  Maw  Company  would  be  made  to-morrow. 

You  did  not  sand  mft,  with  your  letter  of  April  6th,  a 
6of>f  of  any  oables  you  may  have  resolved  or  sent,  and  you  speak  of 
having  received  one  from  Mr  Searled. 

Will  you  not  kindly  ask  Mr  Munro  to  remind  you  of  thin 
when  you  are  sending  off  letters,  so  that  I  may  have  a  clear  record 
o frail  the  transactions,  and  enable  me  to  understand  them  fully. 

Yourp  vary  truly, 

.  v  //  • 

sA  Jim  MaMnt, 

£f.  T&fffcrtham  e&wwftwy 

/y'/<  7//.’/tf///r,  •Jrr/i.ttr rr:r: 

wwymf/Jf/  ((fr/m/ta/mf; 


S,  V.  Moriarty,  Eaq. , 
London,  England, 
Dear  Sir!- 

/^/yy'^^r^'AvriX  14th,  1898,^1? 

Referring  *o  your  letter  of  April  6th,  eneloaing  Resolu- 
tion  of  the  Edieon-Bell  Coneolidated  Phonograph  Company,  Limited, 
Mr  Searlea  thinks  the  Resolution  ie  unsatisfactory,  as  it  provides 
for  machines  ,  that  is  type  No.  3,  in  any  quantity  at  #15.50, 
therefore  if  they  choose  they  could  order  a  single  machine  at  that 
price,  which  is  too  low,  and  Mr  Searles  informed  ms  that  the 
National  Company  pay  for  than  #16.00  for  this  type,  therefore  we 
could  not  supply  one  machine  or  a  small  quantity  of  mohines  at 
the  figure  you  name. 

Yours  very  truly, 

4/// /?  .... 


New  York  April  14th,  1898. 

My  tear  Mr  Mori arty : -PERSONAL. 

In  your  latter  to  me  of  Maroh  30th,  you  ariced  ibr 
aanplea  of  the  latest  machines. 

I  do  not  think  I  understand  fully  Just  what  you  mean  by 
this,  but  I  told  Mr  Ssarles,  that  I  wanted  to  send  you  a  half  a 
dozwn  of  No. 2  type,  and  l  16-cylinder  olook-raotor  Phonograph,  as 
you  might  be  obliged  to  turn  over  your  samples  to  the  new  English 
Company,  and  as  Boon  as  I  ean  get  on*,  I  will  sand  youxftkaxt  a 
small  Bettlni  Phonograph,  itais  called  the  "STAR" ,  whioh  I  have 
referred  to  in  previous  letters, 

the  cress  weight-motor  Multiplex  Phonograph,  is  not  yet 
prefeoted,  as  they  have  made  some  changes  ,  making  it  much  simpler. 

Imwill  send  you  SO  reoords  for  the  slot  machines  as  soon 
as  I  ean  get  them. 

Mr  Searles  had  an  interview  with  Bettinl  and  DeOaatro 
yesterday  afternoon,  and  he  agreed  to  submit  a  form  off  agreement 
to  Bettini,  on  Saturday,  April  16th.; 

The  terms  aooordlpp  to  the  intsrviewe.  will  be  soe* thing 
in  lint  with  the  letter  written  by  Bettini  to  Mr  Searles,  dated 
March  86th,  of  whleh  1  sent  you  a  eopy,  but  sine#  my  interview  with 
Mr  Searles  to-day,  and  ay  repaated  reminders  that  we  should  own  t hi 
Patents,  the  sgreewnt  whioh  Mr  Searles  will  submit,  I  think,  will 
be  materially  ehangtd,  at  least  I  hope  to 

Bettini  la  getting  up  a  wery  handsome  complete  eatalogua 


of  his  Mi orophonographe ,  reeords,  eto,  eta,  and  he  wants  to  itta^e 
the  first  issue,  9,000  taking  six  thousand  himself,  and  three 
thousand  to  us,  giving  us  the  privilege  of  putting  any  wording  on 
the  oover  that  we  wish. 

The  cost  of  the  first  lot,  will  be  $50,  a  thousand,  but 
Should  anjr  mbre  be  wSntdd  they  oan  be  struek  off  f*br  h  Very  touch  figure, 

Mr  Seqrjea  asked  pie  whether  I  thought  ypu  epuld  usp  3000 
I  said  that  I  would  not  order  them  without  asking  you,  beoausa  the 
list  of  records  ohaggee  quiokly  and  frequently,  and  we  do  not  know 
whether  the  prices  for  the  other  things  as  wall  would  conform  to 
the  prloss  for  England,  therefor*  they  have  net  yet  been  ordered, 
and  I  am  opposed  to  ordering  them  anyhow,  unless  by  doing  eo  we  oqn 
aocomplieh  something,  that  is  get  soms  advantage  from  Bettini, 
that  will  make  it  worth  while  to  do  So,  suoh  ale  if  wh  oonoede  this 
point  that  Bettihi  will  not  oppose  our  feVadJuiring  the  patents. 

Vtoirw  vary  truly 

y  /////W 

P.S.  Mr  Segrlep  weirit  to  Orange  yapterday  to  } 

Edison. . 

April  16th,  Since  writing  the  first  part. of 
Searle  a  remarked, ,  that  as  the  first  shipment  o 
made  next  week,  it  would  not  be  worth  while  to 
referred  to  above.. 

javf  a  ta}k  pith  Mr 

thie  latter,  Mr 
mSohinea  would  be 
send  you  the  ai* 

«y  dear  Mr  Mori arty, PERSONAL.  New  York,  April  15th,  1898. 

Referring  to  your  cable  received  to-day,  1  Immediately  notified 
Mr  Searie o  at  the  Western  Rational  Bank,  he  was  talking  to  a  man, 
but  same  to  ms  at  onee,  and  took  the  sable  out  of  my  hand,  and 
remarked  immediately, •well  it  has  not  some*,  and  he  said  he  had 
promised  the  Seligoans  to  Make  a  payment  to-day,  and  he  seemed  mu  eh 
worried  about  it,  so  I  said  well  that  is  all  nonsense  they  must 
wait  until  Monday,  and  finally  he  sent  me  to  see  Henry  Seligman, 
and  to  show  him  the  eable,  Henry  saidJ,  well  you  just  tell  Mr  Searie 
I  expeet  him  to  eomply  with  his  Agreement,  but  I  told  Mr  Seligman 
that  he  would  have  to  wait  until  Monday. 

When  I  informed  Mr  8earles  of  this,  he  sent  me  to  Brown 
Bros.  *  do.1,  to  see  if  any  remittanea  had  been  redolwed  for  him, 
but  it  hM  not. 

in  the  meantime  he  had  sent  off  a  eable  to  you,  whioh  if 
I  remember  eorreotly,  was  worded  ae  follows:- 
•Cable  not  received,  what  does  it  mean*. 

Mr  Searie s  said  he  had  e Ob led  yeu  previously  asking  you 
What  the  amount  would  be,  but  no  reply  to  that  had  bssn  received, 
and  that  you  do  not  state  in  typ  present  oablt, 

It  la  not  worth  whilt  to  rohoarao  the  whole  eonversatloa, 
but  I  aaid  to  Mr  Saarloa,  that  he  must  not  loots  tight  of  one  fast, 
tha  you  had  ateompllahoi  all  that  you  said  you  would  up  to  tho 
pro toot  tins,  and  that  tha  money  would  be  here  in  the  morning,  but 
tha  fast  af  tha  Sellgaans  dunning  him  for  money,  eeema  to  worry 
him  vary  muqh> 


I  alao  said  to  him  that  ha  did  not  appreciate  the  diffi¬ 
culties  in  dealing  withUhgliehman, , and  that  they  ware  not  aomiatomeW' 
to  being  pushed  for  a  settlement  as  ia  done  in  Jteieriea. 

Yours  very  truly, 


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New  York,  April  18th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Mori arty : -PBRSOKAl. 

A  oiroumatanee  ha a  happened  to-day,  which  has  caused 
ms  some  annoyance. 

Mr  MeOheoney  called  in,  and  asked  me  whether  there  would 
not  he  room  enough  in  our  office  for  him  to  have  desk  room,  and 
stated  that  he  had  talked  to  Mr  Searles  about  it,  aiiaffeuggeited 
that  it  might  not  be  agreeable  to  me,  and  Mr  Searles  replied,  I  don<T 

Mr  MeOheaney  eaya  he  la  about  to  give  up  his  old  position 
and  to  attend  to  Mr  Searles  affairs  exclusively,  and  he-  thought  ea*. 
ha  thought  that  as  he  was  connected  with  this  Company  he  could 
have  an  office  hare,  in  fact  he  says  he  has  ordered  some  mail  sent 
here  already,  and  as  I  did  not  accede  to  it,  he  wanted  ms  to  go 
right  down  and  see  Mr  Searles  at  once,  but  1  shall  not  go  until 
to-morrow.  '  -  J  <’*«' 

He  says  that  Mr  Searles  keeps  him  posted  about  thla  Coer- 
ptoy,  and  he  does  not  imagine  that  anything  goes  on,  that  he  does 
not  know  about. 

You  know  what  sort  of  a  man  My  MoQhesney  ie,  and  he  would 
not  be  la  this  office  a  weak  before  he  would  practically  own  the 
Company,  and  it  would  be  a  matter  of  Impossibility  for  iso  to  write 
my  letters  to  yam,  while  he  vwas  here,  in  addition  to  which,  under 
thoae  circumstances,  I  would  not  be  able  to  leave  any  lettm^s 
lying  around. 


Aprll  19th,  Mr  Sear lea  called  me  on  the  phone  to-day,  and  X 
said  to  him  ,  in  a  nice  way,  that  I  could  not  aeeomodate  Mr 
MOOheeney  in  our  office,  and  he  replied  eharply,  "why  not",  I  eald 
well  I  cannot  do  eo;  there  are  reasons  why  I  cannot,  and  I  m 
obliged  t6  wTltd  letters,  and  it  would  be  an  interruption  6f  the 
business,  but  as  he  was  in  a  hurry,  he  skid  that  he  would  talk 
to  me  again  about  it. 

Now  Mr  Mori arty,  this  is  a  thing  that  oannot  be  permitted 
if  it  is  at  all  possible  to  avoid  it,  and  I  shall  object  strongly. 

Mr  McOheaney  wont  away  last  night  for  Mr  Searles,  and  n»y 
be  gone  for  twO  or  three  weeks,  so  that  I  should  like  to  have  your 
views  in  the  matter  by  return' nail. 

fours  very  truly, 

■  _  ;  •  .  '  •  ..  ,  ■  #/  // 

M.  Mtvltbs  tenting  etoa t  HeOheeaer  says,  t  m  net  believe  he 
taMMN  every  thing  abeft  the  tasiseea 

HWw  York,  April  18th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Morlarty; -pkssonal. 

fimr  letter  of  7th  of  April,  enclosing  eopy  of 
letter  to  MroSeerlee  of  eeme  data,  la  Juat  to  hand,  and  Mr  Searlea 
sent  for  me  to  know  what  I  understood  you  wanted  in  regard  to  the 
Bettini  matter,  arid  youtwishee  In  the  natter  somewhat  dleeonoerted 
him,  owing  to  hie  practically  hawing  agreed  to  make  a  contract  with 

I  aaid  that  he  must  aeeure  the  Patent*  for  3 re at  Britain, 
he  replied  that  Bettini  would  not  do  that,  but  1  said  he  muat  en¬ 
deavor  to  aocomplieb  it,  and  he  ean  make  a  oontraet  with  Bettini 
for  hi a  Duplicator  and  Mlero-Phonegrapha  for  the  other  foreign 
oount ri#*,  and  if  it  will  aid  matters,  he  can  relinquieh  Frame, 
but  the  whole  matter  will  be  considered,  and  tlmre  will  be  no  step 
taken  or  interview  before  Wednesday,  that  16  the  day  after  to-morrow. 

1  said  also  that  you  did  not  wiah  to  advertise  Bettini, 
but  would  consent  to  stamping  his  name  ofVhls  things,  and  that  if 
it  became  necessary,  we  would  have  io  agree  to  give  Bettini  m 
order  for  300  of  his  outfits  within  the  year,  beaeuae  in  order  to 
get  the  Patents,  or  to  aeeonplish  anything  with  Bettini,  it  be 
noeessary  to  show  some  actual  business. 

Mr  Sears  Is  s  said  this  morning  that  he  had  made  an  agree¬ 
ment  with  tha  Wfcrka  to  dolivar  na  all  the  order  of  Ho.  8  amehlnea 
within  aix  months  from  this  date,  and  that  they  were  to  be  deliver 
od  in  London;  She  latter  statement  dame  about  in  thla  way, 

1  t0  Mr  S**rl,B  a*out  Appointing  your  Brother 


Inspeetor  at  the  Works,  but  ho  said  that  ho  had  arranged  with  the 

Works  to  dal  Ivor  the  machines  In  London,  and  that  ho  did  not  want 


an  Inspeotor,  hsaremark  was,  that  you  eould  use  him  In  London  if . 


you  wanted  to. 

Mr  Searles  thinks  Shat  the  whole  matter,  or  rather 
responsibility,  if  they  are  obliged  to  deliver  the  faaehins*  in 
London,  will  rest  wi^h  the  Works,  whereas  if  we  Jiad  an  inspector, 
we  wpuld  assume  the  responsibility  after  they  were  pa  seed  by  him, 
so  that  unless  you  Insist  upon  it  positively,  it  eannot  be  done  at 

I  notioe  your  present  latter  says, "provided  it  is  agree- 
able  to  Mr  Searlee". Thanking  you  for  your  kindly  Waster  Greeting. 

Tours  very  truly, 

.V.  /  /  /  ?  t <- — 

New  York,  April  19th,  1898. 

My  door  Mr  Moriarty.  -PERSONAL* 

Referring  to  your  letter  to  Mr  Searlee,  dated  April  7th, 
You  v«  not  far  out  of  the  Wf  in  your  estimate  of  the  eoet  of  the 
Multiplex  machines  at  $50.00,  and  when  Mr  Searlee  renarked  to  me 
that  you  wero  out  of  the  way  in  your  prleee,  I  showed  him  that  the 
figures  in  regard  to  this  machine  were  pretty  nearly  right. 

Referring  to  your  remarke  ao  to  not  yet  hawing  control 
of  the  Multiplex,  1  hope  we  oan  accomplish  that  as  stated  in  a 
asperate  letter,  but  1  have  worked  Mr  areas  up  to  the  point  more 
than  ones,  and  nothing  definite  was  done,  so  that  I  am  really 
surprised  that  we  seem  to  have  him  in  lino  again. 

X  note  what  kin*  of  type  8  mawMne  you  want. 

I  an  glad  to  hear  that  you  have  practically  concluded 
the  negotiations  for  the  Continent,  and  that  you  will  send  ue 
another  order,  two  ouch  big  Coo^onles  ought  to  give  uo  oil  the 
business  ws  want. 

I  will  endeavor  to  see  that  nothing  is  put  in  the  Bsttini 
contract,  that  will  bind  the  Company  in  any  way,  that  is  objeetlon- 
able,  such  as  advertising,  or  agreeing  to  use  his  records,  etc. 

Bettinl  has  Improved  the  email  machine,  and  it  is  very 
mueh  better,  but  X  note  how  you  feel  in  regard  to  this. 

X  received  a  letter  to-day  from  the  Attorney- General  at 
/trantea,  advising  va  of  the  non-pajment  of  our  Hexes  for  1898, 
thioh  together  with  interests  and  eoste,  to  date,  msount  for  tha t 
ytar  td  |1866. Aft,  and  stating  that  unlees  paid  by  the  1st  of  M*y 


the  Charter  of  the  Company  wuld  be  forfeited. 

Our  Taxes  are  1/&  of  1  %  pm  thenCapltal  per  Annum,  wi<td  1 
$10.  per  month  Interest,  for  every  month  they  are  overdue.  I 

1  sailed  Mr  dearies  attention  to  the  above  letter,  and  j 
he  said  that  he  "'Was  not  going  to'  pay  out  any  taore  money,  and  lie  ' 
wanted  to  wait  un^U  do  heard  from  you,  hui  as  it  is  not  hsAebeady 
to  pay  it  for  ten  days  yet,  ye  may  get  a  remlttprwe  from  Igmdtyn, 
but  in  case  *e  do  not,  1  will  see  that  it  ia  not  overlooked. 

Ur  ^earles  received  from  you  this  weak  *4,000.  or  $19,350 
*b  I  wrote  you,  and  I  presume  he  has  paid  the  8eligmane  in  Jtall, 
for  Henry  declined  td  wait  any  longer. 

Mr  dearies  daughter 'la  to  be  married  this  evening,  and 
he  has  not  pgud  much  attention  to  bu&lhesft  to-day,  but  I  on  to 
aee  him  to-morrow,  wi  td  Gressin-  tde  morning  and  Bettini  in  the 

Yours  very  tidily, 


No.  Memuty*,  ~3h-/ . 

7 ;  nnto  LOND'ON  APRIL 

The  followh^^A BLJSG-iy^ti: received,  “Via  Commeroial  Cables,’ 



LONDON:  S3,  Boyal  Eiokango,  E.O.,  10,  Mark  Lane, 

.  E.O.,  1,  Northumberland  Ayenue,  W.O.,  11,  Duka 
Street,  aa,  and  East  India  Ayenno,  B.O. 
LIVERPOOL:  F  3,  Enhange  BoDdinjs. 
MANCHESTER :  18,  Moult  Street,  Otm  Street. 

BRADFORD :  3,  Forster  Square. 

GLASGOW :  07,  St,  TOoont  Street,  and  40,  Hope  St. 
DUNDEE:  87,  Albert  Square. 

EDINBURGH:  34o, Froderiok  Street.  ■  '  '  . 

LEITH:  E,  Bernard  Street. 

BRISTOL:  Carlton  Chambers,  Baldwin- Street 
CARDIFF :  Con’s  Corner,  Bute  Dooka 
SWANSEA:  l£  Adelaide  Street 
WESTON-SUPER-MARE:  13,  Klohmond  St 
WATERTILLE :  Co.  Kerry. 

■. . 

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JfcAti/  S.  Tiv.iit&M 

'///,  fon/  7rr.ltf/rnf, 


JfflrntMJtlf  7U?for/titm/,  $<ri/, 

SHndo*  Wrt/tn/tMSu/a  ,%*». .,«»>,:■ 

My  Dear  Mr-  Moriarty: 

The  marriage  of  my  daughter  on  Tuesday  prevented 
my  writ ing  in  ansv/er  to  yours  of  the  eth-  inst-  recoivod  on  Monday. 

I  note  your  "amazement"  concerning  the  guarantee,  which  simply  be 
-trays  your  lac!;  of  apprehension  of  the  true  character  of  the  oontraot 
you  entered  into  with  the  English  company  and  what  it  involves  for  the 
E-U-P-Co. . 

This  contract  is  by  all  odds  the  most  extraordinary  and  one-sided 
document  I  ever  saw-  X  do  not  wonder  that  Mr.  coats  and  his  associates 
insisted  upon  a  guarantee  and  were  loath  to  believe  it  would  be  furnish¬ 
ed-  You  seem  to  have  surrendered  everything  and  to  have  lost  sight  of 
the  interests  of  the  E-U-P-Co.  and  the  burden  it  would  be  compelled  to 
assume  in  such  a  contract;  for  you  must  certainly  have  Known  that  we 
would  have  no  popsiblo.way  of  putting  any  suoh  responsibility  upon  the 
Edison  Phonograph  Works  or  any  one  else,  as  that  assumed  by  you  for  tho 
Ccmpany,  and  that  no  one  would  guarantee  the  performance  of  such  a  con¬ 
tract  by  the  E-U-P-Co.  ,  which  has  no  facilities  for  manufacturing^ with¬ 
out  the  guarantee  of  a  responsible  manufacturing  company  back  of  them- 

Let  me  call  your  attention  to  a  few  faots  and  to  the  situation  as 
it  was  when  your  contraot,  to  whioli  you  had  bound  the  company  in  advance, 
came  to  hand  here. 

/MdW:;,  JZemeud&k urn  $.  UPfadmu 

7m- Zinui/atA  .tff/mkuy  @uwtm?  2$,,//im/i.7M<7"(//n  .'77r<Mm 

27  Wl  LLI AM  STREET, 

s/  / Z//}Z^rjr/{^_ _ 

In  tiro  first  place,  look  at  the  only  oontraot  wo  had  with  the  works 
and  goo  what  you  had  a  right  to  demand ,  and  undor  that  oontraot  how 
long  it  would  take  you  to  fill  your  orders  for  maohines. 

secondly,  remember  that  at  the  tine  your  contract  was  received  not 
a  ho.  s  machine  had  been  built  other  than  the  models  and  there  were  no 
tools  for  making  them,  which  belonged  to  the  Works-  I  had  tried  from 
time  to  time  to  make  Edison  believe  we  wore  going  to  do  some  business, 
especially  in  the  No.  3-  machines,  but  ho  simply  smiled  and  reminded  me 
that  it  was  the  same  story  he  had  heard  for  eight  years.  Meanwhile  he 
had  borrowed  for  the  National  Cbmpany  (as  X  have  since  learned  at  largo 
cost  in  his  interest  in  the  business  of  that  company)  money  with  which 
to  build  now  tools  to  cheapen  the  oost  of  the  Ho.  3  machine  and  to  ex¬ 
tend  the  business  of  the  National  in  the  Home  machine,  the  sale  of  which 
he  was  pushing  and  of  which  he  had  increased  his  output  to  fifty  per  day 
and  kept  well  oversold,  and  with  the  bud: ness  thus  built  up  he  had  hired 
a  store  on  3roadway,  corner  of  30th.  St.  (the  St  James)  at  a  rental  of 
nearly  ($8,000  per  annum,  to  push  the  sales  of  the  Home  and  the  new 
No.  8,  when  it  should  come  out  .  And  the  National  Ob  .  had  put  in  an  ord-  ' 
er  for  6,000  machines  no.  3,  with  a  provisional  second  6,000. 

5?ho  day  1  received  your  cable  advising  that  the  new  company  had 
authorised  an  order  for  10,000  No.  3.  1  immediately  called  up  Gilmore 
and  told  him  to  enter  an  order  for  the  E-U-P-co.  for  that  number  of 

'  'kitiorySlenctoe'  '  .%Lu,mr 

(ipx///J/^  (g/m/w/mf, 

27  W  I  LLI  AM  STREET, 

a/  _ M9 

maohines,  to  which  ho  replied  that  it  would  bo  impossible  to  fill  the 
older, as,  not  having  had  a  firm  order  in  hand  for  us'sinc&sthe  time  Hr* 
Edison  had  given  me  the  price  on  tho  machines,  they  had  taken  orders 
which  would  take  them  several  montha  to  fill,  and  that  more  tools  would 
have  to  be  made  before  they  could  take  additional  erdors- 

Mow.  it  is  all  very  well  for  you  to  sit  in  Edison  House,  London, 
and  say  what  Mr.  Edison  ought  to  do  and  what  I  ought  to  make  him  do, but 
you  raist  not  forget  that  we  were,  and  are,  in  hi3  hands,  and  we  are  pow¬ 
erless,  at  present,  at  least  to  deliver  raaohines,  except  with  his  coop¬ 
eration  and  goodwill. 

The  E-U.p.Co.  has  tried  litigation  ad  nauseam  and  with  nothing  to 
show  for  it  but  ill-feeling  and  bills. 

So  far  as  filling  any  such  orders  as  tlioso  sent  (and  still  further 
promised)  is  was  an  impossibility  under  the  existing  contract  with  the 
Works •  I  had  promised  to  furnish  the  money  to  build  additional  tools:# 
if  necessary,  but  the  National  Company  (I  found  the  largest  stockholder 
in  that  company  had  no  interest  in  the  Works  but  was  only  interested 
to  get  and  keep  every  possible  No.  2-  Machine  for  the  next  three  or, ’four 
months)  insisted  that  they  would  not  part  with  any  portion  of  their  pres¬ 
ent  tools  as  they  could  readily  sell  the  entire  product  themselves, and 
they  could  see  no  possible  reason  for  their  giving  away  the  profit  on 
5,000  or  10,000  machines. while  nev;  tools  were  being  built. 

jfa/m  £.4mr/a>.  PmuWe.Ht.  J fflmteujtf  dto/ebm*:  S.TlWamom  Senr/an/. 

M*on, Wreck* 

(Qk/a ,fJsm)7/(^ 


I  3pent  half  a  day  in  Orange  and  two  houra  each  out  of  four  days 
in  Hew  York,  before  I  succeeded  in  getting  a  contract  under  which,  by 
paying  half  the  cost  of  the  national  company's  tools,  I  v/aa  to  have  half 
the  entire  output  of  the  Ho.  2*  machines,  and  the  national  Company  to 
ros-c-lve  to  put  up  the  money,  jointly  for  suoh  additional  tools  as  may 
bo  necossary  to  Increase  the  output  and  meet  our  joint  requirement s. 

This  result  was  only  reached  in  the  end  j $  by  wiping  out  all  the  old  lit¬ 
igation  and  the  establishment  of  amicable  relations,  as  an  evidence  of 
which  I  also  made  Ediooh  a  loan  on  some  of  his  bonds  to  relieve  him  from 
the  obligations  assumed-  when  he  borrowed  money  to  build  his  tools  (We 
got  §2,000-  cash  from  Edison  toward  our  legal  oxpenses) 

How  come3  your  contract ,  and  I  must  confess  I  was  sick  at  heart  on 
reading  it-  And  had  I  not  been  sure  that  the  whole  business  was  a  plot 
to  throw  you  down,  which  would  have  led  to  the  failure  of  your  scheme, 
and  the  forfeiture  of  the  money  paid  Ooats  and  the  loss  of  all  expenses 
incurred,  I  would  have  returned  it  as  being  entirely  'impracticable  and 
impossible  of  execution.  Under  the  circumstances  I  undertook  to  do  tho 
best  possible  and  face  the  consequences  for  the  balance.  You  promised 
a  "bank"  guarantee,  to  ask  which  of  any  bank  would  have  been  to  make  me  .. 
ridiculous.  I  then  put  my  awn  Company,  The  national  investment  company, 
in  the  breaoh,  which  being  a  private  corporation  I  feared  would  not  be 
satisfactory  and  which  I  was  very  loath  to  put  in  suoh  a  position,  but 
under  the  pressure  of  your  cables  I  assented  and  tho  paper  was  hastily 

J*U&&ar/a  S./lfflm*,,*  eW<»v/ 

M’&oryStemitmr  W»j/rm/l‘ftA3ittt/e>  ,%ww»*tr 

27  W  I  LUI  AM  STREET, 

5//  /^ew7/r/r/(C _ 

executed  and  forwarded  in  the  supplementarnail .  Y/hile  thia  wsb  in  trans¬ 
it  i  was  trying  to  arrange  something  else  as  a  substitute,  and  the  only 
possible  refuge  was  a  surety  company.  I  am  a  director  in  the  American 
Surety  Company,  the  largest  in  the  oountry,  but  I  could  not  got  it  <hero.wk 
inasmuch  as  it  was  nota proposition  that  l  could?,  recommend,  l  finally 
placed  the  matter  before  Senator  Platt  and  insisted  that  it  was  the  only 
hope  for  his  stbok  that  he  procure  me  this  guarantee  through  his  fideli¬ 
ty  company-  His  son,  the  vice  President , was  sent  for,  and  promised  to 
do  his  utmost,  but  on  calling  for  the  contract  which  was  to  be  guaran¬ 
teed,  his  counsel  flatly  refused  unless  1  produced  an  agreement  from  the 
Works  that  the  contract  would  be  carried  out  by  them- 

How.  let  us  look  at  your  requirements  in  the  contract. 

X.  Types  2  and  3  may  be  called  for,  one  or  both  1.000  each 
in  30  days  and  on  GO  days  notice,  1500  of  either  or  each  .  and,  if  called 
f°r,  two  complete  sets  of  parts  with  each  phonograph  ordered  which  is 
equivalent  to  a  possible  demand  for  2,000  or  3,000  machines  each  month 
and  parts  for  4,000  or  0000  more,  a  possible  domand  for  the  equivalent 
of  0.000  machines  per  month. 

The  capacity  of  the  Works  to  day,  on  Ho.  3  Machines,  is  50  per  day 
or  1250  per  month  and  without  making  any  Ho*  2.  Tho  capaoity  of  the  pro- 
sont  tools  for  making  Ho.  2-  is  100  per  day  or  2600  per  month.  Of  both, 
not  more  than  3,000  per  month.  These  must  be  divided  between  the  nation¬ 
al  Company  and  ourselves.  Hot/  could  wo  expect  the  Y/orks  to  sign  suoh  a 

Jb/wS.^mrJeJ,  J7wma>^7 <Bt/tAwn  72. 7/*7?foritioti;  dtcerefort/. 

<§k/i./wil/7/:  7/fomtrfyJm>  Bdm&hA  jdfotAor;/ SHim-Jor.'  W»d7nfrM3tft/«i  Jn<k 

But  this  is  not  all.  You  call  for  the  shipment  of  possibly  860  per 
month  of  No.  4  to  males  which,  many  of  the  regular  shop  tools  are  requir¬ 
ed  and  also  of  the  No.  6  multiplex  and  No.  0  3ettini,  neither  of  which 
the  Works  will  manufacture,  and  for  which,  of  oourse,  they  will  make  no 
oontraots*  I  tried  to  get  Edison  to  manufacture  the  multiplex,  we  furnr 
ishing  him  the  tools,  but  he  says  that  with  the  work  now  laid  out  he 
cannot  do  it. 

II-  Now,  as  to  guarantees-  You  not  only  require  that  all  imper¬ 
fect  machines  and  parts  shall  be  made  good  and  the  expenses  paid  both 
ways ,  but  a  heavy  penalty  during  the  time  the  machines  are  being  changed 
and  of  course,  Hr.  Edison  and  the  v/orks  decline  absolutely  to  pay  such 
penalty,  nor  is  it  reasonable  to  expect  it. 

HI-  As  to  price,  while  we  are  compelled  .to  buy  tools  for  the  build¬ 
ing  of  tiie  machines  the  cost  of  these  tools  forms  a  part  of  the  cost  of 
the  machines;  hence,  when  you  sold  6,000  No.  8  at  $9.00  you  Sold  them 
at  less  than  cost.  And  as  to  the  No  3,  we  are  obliged  either  to  pay  for 
tools  or  pay  for  the  National  Company 's  tools  for  such  machines  as  we  may 
require.  I  have  never  been  able  to  understand  where  you  got  your  prioos 
for  the  Ho.  3  and  the  amended  price,  which  is  for  any  quantity,  is  $1-30 
less  than  we  can  furnish  them  for  in  quantities  not  less  than  600. 

XV.  The  Automatic  Multiplex:  You  express  surprise  that  I  havo 

not  olosed  with  Gross,  but  if  you  had  been  here  you  would  have  understood 
the  matter  easily-  X  have  had  several  interviews  with  Grass  and  came 

Jfin/M'S.c^car/eJ,  Mmn/eu/t 

$tf/i/wn  37/ttma'rfy,  7m  7?m«/cnf< 

$r/t/)<W  &  7&7J&mAOm  <S< cn/a,ry. 

.Mr,o„n,  gtmcte*  JZ**** 


V  „  , 

t°  an  agreement,  which  ho  insisted  shoulSr^e  put  in  form  by  his  attorney 
and  in  each  instance,  after  he  has  stated  that  he  would  remain  to  dose, 
he  has  fled  the  town  and  gone  South  without  signing.  Ho  is  apparently 
indifferent  about  the  business  and  afraid  he  will  part  with  something. 

He  is  doing  almost  nothing  with  his  machines  here,  and  has  no  arrange¬ 
ment  for  manufacturing  them.  I  have  been  trying  to  got  hold  of  his  tools 
and  he  promises  them  from  day  to  day,  and  now  writes  me “they  will  be 
ready  in  about  three  weohs11  •  Ho  has  finally  commissioned  his  son,  with 
tho  attorney  to  close  the  business,  and  I  am  hopeful  we  shall  finish  it 
yp  this  weeh.  and  if  wo  can  got  possession  of  his  tools  we  must  find 

some  one  to  build  the  machines  ordered  and  also,  if  possible,  buy  the 

100  or  200  machines  he  has  partially  built  (the  number  varies  each  time 
he  states  it ) 

v‘  The  Hq._q  Machine:  Bottini:  v/e  can  ciose  our  contract  with 
him,  but  he  wants  more  definite  assurances  that  we  will  push  his  wares 
and  hus  last  point  is  that  we  shall  use  3ome  of  his  catalogues  with  our 
imprint  on  them,  and  that  you  are  not  willing  to  do. 

VI-  Terms  of  Payment:  Your  contract  provides  for  payment  half  on 
tho  delivery,  in  London  of  the  documents,  and  tho  balance,  if  the  mach¬ 
ines  are  approved,  30  days  after  delivery.  We  oannot  buy  the  goods  from 
any  of  these  parties  on  tho  terras  named,  honco,  of  course,  we  can  get 
no  such  contract.  The  Edison  Phono-  VflSrKs,  as  you  Know,  has -no  money 

jfo/m  S.Smrhl,  Bm'dmti 
Str/i/wu-  3r?/t#m»rfy,  7a>  7?» 

.srfctviaort/  SSmx&vf 

(Qa Z/J/m 

77;77/or0ori/,  dfrmnfam. 



ana  if  wo  want  large  deliveries  tnoy  must'havo  an  advance  to  buy  mater¬ 
ial  and  tlie  money  for  the  machines  when  slipped.  Bettini  asks  one-third 
with  the  order,  and  the  balanco  on  delivery  to  us  of  the  goods. 

711  ‘  — °  teiTO  oir  th9  Pq»l£a°^-  Ten  -years •  V/hat  manufacturing  com¬ 
pany  did  you  ever  hear  of  that  would  make  a  contract  for  an  indefinite 
amount  for  a  period  of  ten  years? 

Year  contract,,  which  you  ask  the  surety  company  to  guarantee,  can¬ 
not  as  you  will  readily  see,  have  back  of  it  an  agreement  of  the  manu¬ 
facturing  company:  then  what  have  we  to  offer  to  the  guarantors?  Only 
the  credit  of  the  E-U-P-Oo.  which  las  no  credit  now,  and  vet  vou  are 
"amazed"  at  the  delay  in  furnishing  such  a  guarantee  as  that  asked  for. ' 
All  i  have  to  say  is  that  you  are  more  than  fortunate  to  get  it  at  all 
ana  I  am  not  to  be  credited  with  good  business  judgment  or  prudence  in 
having  furnished  it.  How  did  you  get  it?  Undbr.'the  pressure  of  your 
oables  and  with  your  positive  assurance  that  the  moment  it  was  received 
you  would  remit  §50,000  on  account  of  machines,  which  would  have  enabled 
me  to  go  to  Edison  strongly  fortified  to  secure  the  best  possible  tomo, 
and  the  further  promise  that  your  syndicate  would  take  up  and  pay  far 
40,000  Pas.  Preference  shares  immediately  this  was  done,  l  guaranteed  to 
give  the  Fidelity  Co.  a  contract  from  the  Works  which  would  cover  the 
substance  of  the  contract  with  the  London  Company,  and  also  the  indem¬ 
nity  of  the  e.u.P.  0o.  with  my  endowment  of  its  obligation-  And  on  this 
assurance  they  executed  the  paper  and ’it  was  cabled  to  London  two  weeks 

(ile/i/wtv  k  Mmwnfr  7£e  A*:'/  Stovcto#  Mut/im/iMfiti/a  .fcmmrx 

I  then  had  three  sessionssin  Hew  York  and  last  week  went  to  orango 
and  stayed  until  midnight ,  to  procure  from  tho  Works  something  in  the 
form  of  a  contract  which  would  answer  my  promise-  I  send  you  herewith 
the  result,  which  is  a  long  way  from  what  your  contraot  calls  for,  but 
all  that  it  is  possible  to  obtain  it  present,  and,  X  am  bound  to  say, 
all  that  i  would  have  given  had  I  been  in  tho  plaoo  of  Edi3on,  with  the 
limitations  he  now  labors  under  in  the  way  of  facilities.  I  have  paid 
from  my  own  funds,  in  order  to  keep  faith  with  him,  $11,042- 07, which 
covers ,  according  to  the  vouchers  furnished  me  one  half  the  amount  paid 
by  the  National  Co.  for  the  experiments  and  special  tools  made  for  the 
Ho-  2  machine-  This  will  provide,  according  to  the  agreement,  for  the 
first  10,000  machines,  witliin  six  months-  I  insisted  on  a  proviso  for 
a  second  10  000  in  view  of  your  assurance  that  the  order  for  same  would 
bo  forthcoming  within  thirty  days,  and  he  has  agreed  that  allowing  ten 
weeks  for  building  additional  tools,  for  which  we  aro  to  pay  at  least 
one-half,  to  furnish  a  second  10,000  in  8  l/s  months:- 

I  fought  for  two  hours  over  the  No  3  .  but  he  would  not  agree  to  tie 
up  his  tools  on  a  hypothetical  order,  as  would  be  the  case  under  such 
a  contraot,  for  the  reason  that  at  tho  time  such  order  was  received,  ho 
might  already  have  in  hand  all  the  orders  he  oould  fill  for  three  months 
or  the  necessary  shop  tools  might  all  be  running  on  No-  2-  or  other  work, 
so  that  they  oould  not  be  taken  off  to  manufacture  a  lot  of  500  or  1,000 
No-  3  within  30  days- 


$tt/i/wn/  TFftiermrty,  Jit*  Z3r.u’t/em 


■./*■«•  utumtivK  $  MffimdiHtf  t&'ccnt"., 



Under  his  proposition  'no  will  carry  in  st  ook  or  in  process  of  man¬ 
ufacture,  1,000  Ho.  3  which  can  be  turned  out  within  30  days  without 
prejudice  to  the  larger  business;  but  he  does  not  expect  the  National  Co. 
to  do  a  large  business  in  this  machine  after  the  No  3  comes  out,  and 
you  will  readily  see  that  we  do  not  wish  to  sell  any  if  we  can  help  it. 
If.  however,  you  do  take  any  orders,  get  all  the  time  for  delivery  you 
can  and  take  no  contract  for  more  than  1,000  until  I  have  an  opportunity 
to  make  a  special  contract  for  thorn. 

Ac  to  t errn3 ,  I  insisted  that  we  could  not  pay  until  delivery,  but 
agreed  to  pay  7C/  then.  This,  it  is  understood  applies  only  to  the  first 
10,000-  In  case  of  additional  orders  I  must  lot  them  have  some  money. 

In  fact,  although  I  forced  them  to  make  these  terms,  I  am  bound  to  make 
them  some  advance  on  these  na.ohines  and  it  will  be  policy  to  do  so,  in 
order  to  get  prompt  delivery. 

The  situation:  you  cabled  me  that  an  advance  payment  would  be  made 
on  the  machines  and  I  counted  at  least  on  the  3,000  Pds.  of  April  7th. 
to  help  out  on  the  money  I  advanced  for  tools,  which  is  a  part  of  the 
cost  of  the  machines,  when,  Lo!  there  comes  a  lettor  to  the  bank  that  this 
money  is  to  be 'placed  to  the  credit  of  the  London  Onmpnny.  and  only  paid 
over  to  the  E-U-P-oo.  against  Bills-lading  for  shipment  made  of  one  half 
the  value  of  same"  whioh,  of  course,  makes  it  no  use  as  an "advance  on 
macnines"  i  have  advices  today  of  the  deposit  of  8,000  Pds.  addition¬ 
al,  which,  if  it  is  on  the  same  terms,  does  me  no  good  as  against  the 

Jb/w  Mrjf/dwt  (Bdfam  $  7&flim46w 

($tc/i/mts  t/:  Tfj&mwty,  7/iv  7/rr.Mn/x  Mv&ory  Zfyireefor'  7/Ju/Am/i  7/L  7ft//b,  ,77ctt.u/r»r: 


I  have  received  $0.9,360  ae  a  “first  payment"  on  account  of  oontraot 
whatever  that  nay  mean,  as  the  contract  does  not  speoify  any  division  of 
payments,  but  declares  that  payment  shall  bo  made  on  the  delivery  of 
the  papers  under  the  contract,  and  your  telegrams  of  the  6th-  and  7th. 
inst.  stated  the  same  thing. 

You  will  readily  see  that  those  amounts  will  not  reimburse  me  for 
money  advanced  for  Coates  and  the  $13,600  paid  in  London  and  other  minor 
matters,  with  nothing  to  repay  the  money  put  up  for  tools  and  to  apply 
on  the  Seligman  and  other  indebtedness  which  I  have  paid  in  full ■ 

It  seems  extraordinary  to  mo  that  up  to  this  time  we  are  without 
any  definite  statement  of  the  moneys  received  under  the  70^  payment  and 
the  use  made  of  same,  or  of  the  amounts  coming  to  the  E-U-P-co.  I  trust 
this  will  be  forthcoming  by  next  steamer- 

I  am  also  left  without  definite  information  concerning  your  Conti¬ 
nental  negotiations.  You  state  that  you  have  ontorod  into  a  oontraot  by 
•which  you  have  sold  for  a  large  sum  of  money  &o  but  not' a  word  of  partic¬ 
ulars  as  to  the  transaction. 

Lest  there  be  any  misunderstanding,  lot  mo  state  that  I  do  not  con¬ 
sider  the  oontraot  with  the  London  Company  complete  until  the  E-U-P.0o. 
receives  its  money,  and  of  ocurse,  until  the  oontraot  is  oompletod  tho 
orders  are  not  aooepted  and  tho  dates  of  delivery  under  the  oontraot 
must  be  fixed  as  from  the  time  when  the  oontraot  is  completed.  For  this 

advances  I  have  made • 


Bmdmtt  S/mm  M  Hflimiem  s&myW. 

Slt/i/wHr  <s.  flAmarfy.  ftt»  %nu',£»fi  t$nt/tnfrM3utt/ei  JUmumu!’ 

reaaon  the  orders  have  not  been  formally^ccoptod  by  the  E.U.p.Co. 

I  have  written  you  at  this  great  length,  not  with  a  desire  to  crit- 
ioice  you,  but  mainly  for  two  reasons.  1st.  That  you  might  understand 
something  of  the  difficulties  which  I  have  had  to  contend  with  at  this 
end  in  the  attempt  to  carry  out  your  oontract,  and  the  extent  to  which 
the  E.U.p.Oo.  is  liable  undor  same,  and  in  the  hope  that  you  may  be  able 
to  secure  such  modifications  as  soon  as  the  business  is  under  way,  as  will 
relieve  the  company  from  its  embarrassment,  and,  Slid,  that  you  may  bo  on 
your  guard  in  any  future  contracts  against  assuming  any  similar  respon¬ 
sibilities  or  agreements. 

When  I  hear  from  you  with  farther  orders,  and  especially  should  you 
carry  out  your  plans  for  the  continental  company  and  procure  from  them 
largo  orders,  I  3hall  go  to  Orange  again  and  as  a  director  of  the  Works 
lay  plans  for  such  increase  of  capacity  a3  will  ensure  thoir  delivery 
and  shall  secure  everything  possible  in  the  way  of  prompt  filling  of  or¬ 
ders  ••  But  no  definite  contracts  must  be  entered  into  until  aftor  you 
have  my  approval  and  know  just  what  can  be  done. 

I  hope  to  send  you  the  complete  Bottini  agreement  by  this  steamer, 
but  if  not  it  will  go  by  the  next.  Thi3  agreement  will  be  absolute, 
so  far  as  Great  Britain  is  concerned,  which  will  comply  with  your  contract 
but  it  will  only  contain  a  sixty  day  option  as  to  the  other  countries 
and  you  oan  then  do  as  you  like  about  accepting  them  within  the  limit- 

The  Gross  matter  is,  I  think,  practically  completed 

far  a3  roy- 



&  7777t0rtA0n/,  Samfa/ry. 

sMinon, Ssmcto*  7falt/in‘/tJ7L'frU/ti  .77r„.u,nir 



alty  is  concerned,  but  X  have  not,  as  yet  an  arrangement  for  their  man¬ 
ufacture-  The  contract  I  will  oend  you  when  completed-  It  provides  for 
a  royalty  of  Five  dollars  each  for  the  first  5,000  machines,  and  after 
that,  01-OO- 

Boar  in  mind  that  in  order  to  secure  the  socond  10,000  No-  3  mach¬ 
ines  within  the  s  1/3  months  the  order  must  bo  hero  before  May  15th,and 
that'  v;o  must  have  an  additional  advance  to  the  E-U-P-Oo.  on  account  of 
machines,  in  order  to  make  such  an  order  effective- 

X  have  no  answer  yet  about  the  plate  for  the  Ho  a  Machine,  which 
will ,  i  fear ,  delay  shipment • 

S-P-Morlarty  Esq. 
London,  Eng. 

Yours  truly, 

P-S.  Tlie  steamer  mail  of  today  brings  mo  simply  copies  of  cable  grams 
but  no  letter  from  you. 

I  am  also  in  receipt  of  your  cablgram  advising  that  remittance  promis¬ 
ed  yesterday  will  be  made  tomorrow,  and  have  replied  that  same  must  be 
without  conditions  otherwise  it  will  be  of  no  use  to  me  as  an  advance 
on  machines. 

New  York,  April  22nd,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty:-PTtRSONAI.. 

A«  I  wrotu  you  by  last  nil  I  have  had  *ho  talk  with 
Mr  areas*  ton  and  hie  lawyer,  and  they  have  oone anted  to  deliver 
to  us  the  Patents  ibr  the  Multiplex  phonograph,  upon  the  eonditlonw 
named  in  the  oontraot,  a  copy  of  which  1  tend  you  toy  Mile  wadi,  tout 
do  not  ooneider  the  matter  closed  until  Inwrite  you  to  ttat  offset, 
••  Mr  Oro”  Preferred  to  write  hie  rather  the  ehief  points  of  the 
agreement,  and  we  expeot  a  telegraph  reply  from  him  to-morrow, 
giving  his  consent,  as  the  Agreement  is  satisfactory,  both  to  the 
son  and  to  the  lawyer,  and  the  son  has  power  of  attorney  tonsiga* 

My  work  in  oonneetlon  with  this  contrast  eonsisted  in 
securing  the  Patents,  the  other  portion  Hr  Saar is s  was  the  ehief 
mower  in  the  matter. 

There  my  toe  some  minor  alteratioae  in  thie,  tont  it  will 
proudly  not  vary  mueh. 

Z  mn  worry  the  Company  la  obliged  to  contrast  to  taka  ae 
wmy  machine*,  and  to  extend  over  eo  long  e  period  of  time, 

Mr  Soariee  yeaterday  drew  np  a  form  of  Agroamnt,  whieh 
oooid  net  have  been  extent ec&nder  any  eireumteneea,  md  1  «b jested 
to  tw  or  three  t hinge,  one  of  whieh  he  erosssd  out  entirely,  but  t 
It  wee  not  eatiefaetory  to  DeOaatro,  who  had  the  matter  in  Mud 
yeaterday,  end  he  le  me*  drawing  up  a  fame  of  agreement  to  to  eub» 
mlttod  to  Mr  soarloa« 

I  will  notify  you  of  the  iweult  of  thio  amtter. 

Your  cable  reply  yesterday  did  not  say  anything  about 
taking  some  of  Bettlnl's  new  prieerliste,.  which  are  to  be  gotten 
up  very  haadsomely,  and  any  sort  of  wording  you  plaae  son  ba 
printed  on  the  oover,  therefore  as  ths  cover  can  be  printed  a  week 
henoe,  X  asked  you  to  mail  the  wording,  but  it  will  be  necessary 
to  give  an  aniwihvto  Bettiiii,  as  to  how  many  wb  will  take,  but  he 
expects  the  order  to  be  for  not  less  than  3,000. 

I  explained  in  my  previous  letter  that  it  might  be 
neeessary  to  take  these  three  thousand  at'lflO,  a  thousand,  in  order 
to  accomplish  scmething  else?,  evantd-f  they  are  thrown  away,  and  Mr 
Searlea  had  in  his  agreement  a  clause  that  we  would  advertise 
Bettlnl's  name,  and  I  objeoted  as  much  as  I  could,  but  Mr  Searlew 
still  insisted  that  we  would  have  to  do  this,  but  X  do  not  see  how 
we  ean  do  a  thing  whi eh  is  not  in  our  eoi$rolrln  Great  Britain, 
f  Vo r  bo rqe  time  I  have  been  hammering  on  one  point,  namely, 

that v we  should  own  at  least  Bsttini'8  patent  for  Ore at  Britain  for 
the  Ddplieatof,  And  I  sucoedded  in . induel ng  Mr  SearleS  to  finally 
put  it  in  the  draft  of  the  Agreement  he  drew  up  yesterday,  and 
when  I  spoke  of  it  previously  ,  he  said,  "oh  Bettinl  won't  do  it, 
and  ha  will  make  a  terrible  fuas,  ata*  I  said  well  then  wo’ 11  fight 
him,  but  DeCastro  did  object  yesterday  beeauaa  they  want  the  whole 
thing  to  be  under  an  Agenoy  eontraet,  but  if  X  S(w  hold  Mr  searlea 
to  it,  l  will  do  eo. 

Vith  the  Grata  Agreement,  will  be  on  option  to  purehaae  the 

new  weight  motor,  shich  oan  be  need  not  only  ft»r  the  Phonograph 
but  other  things. 

1  eneloee  a  copy  of  letter  received  from  Sellgman  A 
Seligman  yesterday,  I  expect  to  be  able  to  say  by  next  mail  what 
progress  we  will  be  able  to  make  on  the  order  for  a  thousand 
Multiplex,  Grass  has  200  of  these,  and  I  think  they  esn  be  complete 
in  a  couple  of  weeks  or  so. 

Youra  very  truly, 

.  /j  //  /'■/  i  o-  <■  '<■'  '  ' 

P.3.  Mr  Searle a  insisted  upon  having  the  Gross  oontraet  in  name 
of  Company,  as  he  considers  that  of  right  it  belongs  to  the  Company 

New  York,  April  22nd,  1898. 

Mfr  dear  Mr.  Mori  arty:  -FRRSONAIj. 

This  letter  ia  written  some  hour*  after  ny  previous  lettera, 
going  by  this  mail,  and  sine*  seeing  Mr  S* tries  late  this  afternoon 

He  infonned  me  that  he  had  written  a  long  letter  to  you, 
by  this  steafcer,  and  before  I  left  he  <!tooided  to  read  it  to  me. 

It  was  read  bo  hastily  however,  that  I  oould  not  make 
much  comment  upon  it,  but  thought  In  any  event  it  would  be  mush 
better  for  you  to  reply  youreelf. 

It  waa  so  long,  that  I  oould  not  get  a  eopy  of  it,  al¬ 
though  i  should  like  to  have  had  one,  asli  spoke  tb;  Mr  saane*  again 
about  agreeing  to  advertise  Bettini'a  things,  but  we  will  eee  what 
the  outeome  is,  and  write  you  by  next  mail. 

Please  do  not  make  any  use  whatever  of  the  contemplated 
areas  contract,  at  it  is  not  yet  concluded,  and  really  should  net 
go  to  you  until  next  mail,  t  ha  refer  a  kindly  look  upon  it  as  not 
having  been  sent. 

Mr  Scans  a  said  that  some  man  became  interested  in  the 
Rational  Phonogfaph  Company,  and  he  is  the  largest  owner,  having 
acquired  hie  interest  from  Mr  «*«•»«  for  money  advanced  to  Vdiaea, 
and  that  idiaon  was  bound  hand  gad  foot  to  hits,  also  that  ha  waa 
not  interested  in  the  Phonograph  Works,  thsrsfcrs  tha  Rational 
company  was  an  independant  Company,  and  they  have  under  the  eireun- 
etanees  Juet  the  same  rltfit  to  demand  the  fulfillamt  of  their 
ardera  at  the  Waited  Omayany. 


Mr  Searlee  also  stated,  in  effect,  if  I  remember  oorreot- 
ly,  that  he  same  to  Edison' a  reaeua  and  took  up  some  of  hie  Bonds, 
and  it  waa  through  this  that  he  was  able  to  oompell  Edison  to 
Place  us  on  the  footing  we  now  stand  in  relation  to  our  orders. 

Mr  Searlee  also  informed  me  this  afternoon  that  the 
15,000.  had  not  arrived,  but  that  you  had  telegraphed  that  it 
would  be  here  to-morrow. 

The  orders  for  all  the  different  machines  whioh  you  have 
ordered  are  going  out  to  the  Works  by  mail  to-morrow,  dated  April 
15th,  1898,  to  oonform  to  a  letter  of  the  Phonograph  Works  of  that 
date,  a  eopy  of  which  Mr  Searlee  is  sending  you. 

Yours  very  truly, 

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G.  V.  Grass,  Esq., 
Hew  York  City. 
!5oar  Sir:- 

In  response  to  your  inquiry  as  to  the  responsibility  and 
ability  of  this  Company  to  carry  out  the  terms  of  on  A.nrHsmsnt  made 
this  day,  between  George  Valentine  Crons  of  Atlanta,  Georgia,  ond 
the  Edison  United  Phonograph  Company,  the  said  Company  is  perfectly 
responsible  and  cun  be  relied  upon  to  fulfill  the  terms  of  said 
Agreement,  and  we  have  shown  Mr  Morgan  V.  Grass,  the  Prospectus  of 
the  Edison-Bell  Consolidated  Phonograph  Company,  Limited  of  London 
to  whom  we  have  transferred  our  Patents  and  Rights  for  the  Phono¬ 
graph  for  that  territory,  and  wo  are  also  perfectly  responsible, 
and  have  sufficient  work inn  capital  for  their  requirements. 

fours  very  truly, 

(Signed. ) 

G,  N,  Mori  son, 

London,  .England. 

Lear  Sir:  - 

Refeprijag  to  your  order  for  1,000  Multiplex  Phonographs 
we  understand  that  we  are  not  uhdesajtend  to  furnish  the  batteries, 
as  batteries  are  always  extra  : in  every  sale  of  phonographs  that  X 
have  known  of,  therefore  if  bechance  this  should  not  be  the  caBe, 
please  oommunieate  the  .fact  to  us  at  once. 

If  we  do  not  heaei  from  you  to  the  contrary,  we  shall  ship 
the  regular  Multiplex  Phonograph,  precisely  the  same  as  the  one  you 
have  as  a  model,  except  that  it  will  be  adjusted  far  the  Engli* 
penny,  _ 

Yours  very  truly. 


Jip/m Smr/tii,  H-ait/enf.  Sefamti  '  &  ?lffter£k>m  t&xrcfary. 

«%/*«■  k  %*  ZUAnt  Mi*or,,  iSWfe  ■  ,,n,v 

S.  F.  Moriarty,  Esq., 

London,  England. 
Dear  Sir:- 

Mr.  Grees,  a  day  or  two  ago,  gave  me  the  name  of  A. Duncan 
71  Gloucester  Place,  London,  W.,  who  irante  100  Bleetrioal  Phono¬ 
graphs  for  commercial  machines,  and  he  was  shown  by  GreBB,  his  new 
Clook-work  Multiplex,  but  he  haa  not  decided  whioh  he  will  take, 
and  has  gone  to  Canada,  therefore  he  will  not  return  to  London  for 
two  or  three  weeks. 

I  think  he  said  this  man  was  in  business  in  Australia, 
but  lives  in  London,  therefore  I  expect  to  be  able  to  send  you  a 
model  of  the  clock-motor  multiplex  before  this  man  returns  to  Lorain r\ 
you  will  then  be  able  to  deal  with  hi4. 

fours  very  truly. 


Je/m  S.Smrjhi,  Hetit&nti 



3.  /ZJMenJon-,  $er;ret«/ri/. 

7$nt/uv/,JU.:M//,:i  .fc,u 


April  86th. 

My  Dear  sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  16th.  is  the  only  one  received  since  my 
last,  and  I  have  read  some  with  my  usual  care- 

1  was  disappointed  not  to  receive  the  particulars  of  the  new  con¬ 
tinental  deal,  but  expect  same  by  the  boat  duo  tomorrow. 

I  supposed  I  should  have  heard  something. from  you  before  this,  about 
the  40,000  Pds.  of  preferences,  but  have  nothing  from  you  by  oable  this 
wee&,  except  your  message  authorizing  the  sending  of  the  maohines  with¬ 
out  the  plate. 

I  am  extremely  anxious  to  get  all  our  accounts,  both  the  company 
and  our  personal  matters,  straightened  out  so  that  they  may  be  perfectly 
clear  to  you  and  to  me,  but  can  do  nothing  until  the  receipt  of  the  mon¬ 
ey  for  the  preferences ,  enabling  me  to  pay  the  indebtedness  and  so  square 

v,e  haV0  finally  come  to  a  settlement  with  Cress,  so  far  as  royal¬ 
ty  is  concerned,  but  as  to  the  maohines  have  not  yet  been  able  to  secure 
a  oontraot  for  their  manufacture,  although  Mr.  Morison  is  givng  the  mat¬ 
ter  his  close  attention. 

1  hope  to  hear  from  you  by  oable  tomorrow. 

S.p.Moriarty  Esq. 
London,  Eng. 

Yours  t; 

Hew  York,  April  28th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty) -PERSONAL. 

the  copy  of  Agreement  with  G.  V.  Grass,  which  I  sent 
you  by  last  mail,  is  correct,  and  was  executed  yesterday,  April 
25th,,  though  not  without  seme  adjustment  of  differences  of 

Mr  Searles  urged  that  the  Agreement  should  be  so  worded, 
that  if  more  machines  than  1,000 .were  ordered  in  any  one  year,  the 
royalty  on  the  excess,  should  be  $1.00  each,  but  the  son  would  not 
listen  to  this,  and  having  heard  from  his  father,  by  letter,  he 
claimed  that  the  royalty  of  $5.00  per  year  Bhould  extend  over  seven 
years  instead  of  five  years,  but  I  told  him  on  the  way  down  to  Mr 
Searles,  that  he.  must  try  to  meet  Mr.SearleB  hglf  way,  arei  the 
result  was  that  in  consideration  of  Mr  Searles  waiving  his  point, 
the  s on^agreed  to  waive  his,  and  I  had-  the  agreement  executed  at 
once  by  Mr  Searles,  and  took  the  son  immediately  to  Mr  Hughes 
offioe  to  adjust  his  Power  of  Attorney,  and  the  son  signed  it  there 
so  that  now  we  praotioally  own.  thp  Patents,  and  we  are  figuring  on 
prices  for  the  machines,  but  I  am  very  muoh  afraid  that  we  will  not 
be  able  to  make  on  the  first  hundred  or  two  that  we  ship, 

because  we  shall  be  obliged  to  take  the  stoqk  that  Mr  Gress  has  on 
hand,  partially  eompleted,  if  we  are  desirous  of  making  a  prompt 

shipment,  say  lit  the  course  of  lo  days  or  so.  c  sZ— 


He  expect  G.  V.  Grass  on  here  this  week,  and' will  deal 
with  him  on  prices,  instead  of  the  son., 

I  will  ejiqioee  a  little  n?emorapflUfli  qftowijtg  what  the  son 

claims  the  machines  coat  them,  but  we  ought  to  get  down  very  muoh 
below  this,  and  If  we  are  able  to  fit  the  alot  machines  up  with 
the  new  Grass  clock-motor  machine,  there  will  be  a  coneiderabla 
saving  in  the  coat,  but  as  a  matter  of  course,  we  would  not  think 
of  such  a  thing  of  shipping  you  any  of  these  machines  fitted^t'hs 
clock  motor,  yithout  letting  you  see  a  sample  or  model,  and  receiv¬ 
ing  orders  from  you  to  substitute  this  style  of  machine. 

On  8eoond  thoughts  we  see  that  that  the  dock-motor 
Multiple*  is  not  nt  all  suitable  for  a  slot  phonograph,  because  it 
has  to  be  wound  up,  but  if  it  ever  used  for  commeroialnpurposes,  it 
would  be  admirable,  because  the  clock-motor  portion  is  precisely 
the  same  aa  the  16)«ylinder  Edison  machine. 

In  your  order  fori, 000  Multiplex  Phonographs,  I  am 
writing  you  a  company  letter  in  regard  to  the  battery. 

I  wrote  you  by  last  mail,  that  Mr  SearleB  insisted  that 
this  agreement  be  made  in  the  name  of  the  Company,  and  I  conclude 
that  the  prinoiple  reason,  was,  that  he  did  not  wish  to  guarantee 

In  addition  to  the  Agreement  with  Grass,  ws  expect  to  /get 
an  option  to  purchase  his  wef(frtmotor  machine. 

I  worked  hard  to  get  these  Grass  Patents  whldh  I  feel 
Will  benefit  the  Company  greatly,  as  they  give  us  that  much  more 
strength,  although  I  do  not  like  the  big  royalty,  etc,  but  it  waa 
that  or  nothing,  as  ws  are  paying  no  money  down. 

There  is  nothing  said  in  the  Grass  Agreement  about  protect 
ing  us  from  invading  Phonographs,  and  there  may  be  some  alteration 
V.  Great  gets  here,  hut  .wa  h«,-4 

when  G.  V.  Greea  gertB  here,  but'we  have  the  present  agreement 
anyhowmwhether  anything  further  is  agreed  upon,  or  not. 

New  York,  April  28th#  1898. 

My  dear  Mr.  Moriarty:-  PKRSONAl. 

Mr  Searles  asked  na  for  a  statement  of  his  account, 
and  for  your  information,  I  end  one  a  eopy  of  the  papera  I  sent  him 
vhioh  explain  themselves. I 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  personal  letter  of  April  15th, 
with  oopy  of  letter  to  Mr  Searlee  dated  Apr!  16th. 

Mr  Searles  is  looking  every  day  for  a  cable  announcing 
the  eale  of  the  Debentures  and  Preferences. 

I  note  that  you  will  send  a  complete  statement  of  account 
relating  to  the  new  Company,  as  soon  as  you  get  them  from  the 

Mr  Searles  cent  ms  a  copy  of  the  letter  of  7th  April, 
1898  addressed  to  the  Manager  of  the  Western  National  Bank,  New 
York,  announoing  the  cable  of  £2,000,  and  directing  them  how  to  pay 
it  over. 

1  am  pleased  that  you  have  closed  the  negotiations  for 
the  Continent  of  Kurope,  including  Frende. 

I  think  that  DeOastro  is  disappointed  whqn  he  sees  me  in 
MS  Searles  offiee  every  time  he  comes  down,  but  I  make  it  a  point 
to  be  there,  if  1  know  of  it,  anyhow  I  do  not  think  that  Mr. 

Searles  would  now  does  witty  Bwttini,  without  first  notifying  me, 
anidino thing  has  yet  been  done  with  Bettini. 

I  am  glad  you  got  a  complete  release  from  the  Ndlson-Bell 
Company,  that  is  the  old  Company,  and  I  thinkhyou  did  well  to  get 
rid  of  that  disagreeable  matter. 


Ho  oaa  approoiatoa  the  diffioultioa  and  tryii*  eiroum- 
•tanoaa  of  thla  buoinaaa  battor  than  I  do,  and  I  am  glad  you  ara 
on  the  high  road  to  buooosb. 

X  will  lot  you  know  how  mattora  stand  with  Bettini  by 


originally  paid  for  ila  trnnami 

nfiinded.  Spocial  Condition,  am  applioahlo|i 

io  Tejfram Will  borepraM 
Ihe.ipotltion  of  Foreign  M-grama.  . 


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London,  England. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Will  you  kindly  write  us  by  return  mail  whether  you  wish 
the  Automatic  Multiplex  Slot  Phonographs,  fitted  up  tfdrva  Horn,  or 
for  use  with  the  Tabes,  or  for  both,  of  course  every  additional 
part,  adds so  rauoh  to  the  expense,  and  we  are  afraid  that  notwith¬ 
standing  every  effort  to  get  lowest  prioes  for  these  machines,  they 
will  oost  us  more  than  we  anticipated. 

If  they  are  fitted  up  with  the  Horn,  the  little  nickeled 

part  oast  in  the  connection,  that  is  screwed  on  the  topp  of  the 

ease,  would  be  somewhat  different,  if  the  Tubes  wer*  used,  and  if 

^sond  connections  for  both  Tubes  and  Horn,we  would  have  to  supply, 
not  only  the  horn*  but  also  this  extra  connection  costing  perhaps 
lb/  or  so,  and  the  rubber  tubes^’<'^J’ 

If  you  require  the  tubes,  how  many  Way  connections  do 
you  went,  a  Single  tube  or  more. 

In  regard  to  the  Slot  raefthanism,  we  Bent  you  with  the 
first  Multiplex  a hipped'*^*  heri.^ne  of  the  Tewksbury  mechanisms, 
but  with  the  machine  shipped  you  March  12nd,  1898, >, we  shipped  an 
improved  me  chart! an,  somewaht  different  from  the  Tewksbury  model. 


Sfr/t/m-  M  77/ort'f/rti/,  7$»  /W»« 


77.  77J7/,/MOII,,  TtmrJay. 

7./^nt/in/iJ7L’77//7r,  .fa,, 

but  whioh  has  boon  used  by  Mr-  Grass,  with  perfect  success,  and  has 
boon  adoptod  by  him  altogether,  therefore  our  judgement  would  be, 
to  ship  this  later  mechanism,  especially  as  there  is  some  saving- 
in  the  cost,  and  as  far  as  we  are  able  to  judge,  is  superior  tor, 
the  Tewksbury  model. 

In  regard  to  the  lettering  on  the  card  in  the  top  of  the 


case,  do  you  wish  us^send  these  cards  of  instructions,^  they  read  as 


To  change  the  tune  push  bar  gently  to  the  left  until  number 
on  dial  corresponds  with  number  on  programs  you  wish  to  hear 
then  drop  a  nickel  in  the  slot,  but  never  while  machine  is 

With  the  last  Multiplex  shipped  you  March  2nd,  we  sent 
you,  as  an  improvement  to  the  appearance  of  the  cabinet,  a  handsome 
glass,  but  out  re  collection  is  that  no-,  such  glass,  was  supplied 
with  the  first  Multiplex  you  took  over,  and  whioh  no  doubt  you  have 
used  as  a  model  for  your  orders,  therefore  if  we  send  this  glass, 
which  we  thinks  adds  to  the  appearance  of  the  machine,  could  you 
net  get  a  little  advance  on  the  price  we  receive  for  these 
machines  from  the  Edison-Bell  Consolidated  Phonograph  Co.,  Limited. 

PmiWeut.  J/mMMj/t  &  7/;7ftert/i0m  <£mr,/ari/. 

&/1/1OV  ^7/imkdy,  7fa>  B*Mh6  .Muon;  etmcfi’r.-  Mnt/rm/tMjt vff/a  jZnum* 

You  will  rioticr  on  the  body  of  the  Multiplex  Phonograph 

is  a  plate,  whlph  reada  as  follows; - 

Atlanta,  Georgia. 

Patented  April  12th,  1892. 

Patented  April  19th,  1893 
-Patented  September  22nd,  1896 
Other 8  applied  for 

-Of  course  you  will  not  require  thia  plate,  but  when -the 
Patents  are  issued,  wa  presume  you  will  attach  the  plate  yourself, 
when  the  numbers  of  the>  Patents  are  obtained. 

Would  you  llkeua  to  put  the  sorew  hole  s  throufjh  the  body 
so  that  all  you  will  have  to  do  will  be  to  attaah  the  plate  with 
sObfewfe.  Wb  Will  do  this  unless  we  hear  from  y6u  to  the  contrary 

The  money  box  in  the  machine  last  sent  you  waa  of  wood, 
and  withpu^  a.  draw,  but  Mr-  Grass,  has  goten  up  a  very  nice  tine  box 
with  a  good  look,  and;  with  a  draw,  whioh  will  cost  in  the  nieghbor- 
hood  of  60/,  shall  we  supply  this,  and  if  so,  can  you  not  charge 
extra  for  this  box  as  well  as  for  the  glass. above  referred  to. 

We  understand  that  the  Edison  Plate  on  the  bed  plate  is 
to  be  omitted,  and  that  you  will  put  these  on  yourself. 

We  have  tried  to  cover  all  the  points,  in  order  that  no 
possible  misters  jf etgtgft  jn  the  preyim?  letter  we 

&*, '>/*»*  Jbmu44d*m  & 

14^, n>/»,M,TM/*  &*«*.*»>« 

will  omit  the  battery,  but  all  the  oonneetions  for  it,  will  be 

Your 8  very  truly, 

^  //  /  Stn 


P.  S.  The  return  device  on  this  machine,  we  mean  the  bar  and  all 
the  little  attachments  that  goes  with  it,  and  resting  on  a  separate 
casting  in  front  of  the  straight  edge,  has  been  patented  by  Mr 
GresB  ih  the  United  States,  and  according  to  our  agreement  with  him 
he  will  take  out  patents  for  this  in  Great  Britain,  Prance  and 
Germany  at  tb/s  Company's  expense. 

We  enclose  in  this  letter  the  memorandum  of  costs 
of  the  Multiplex,  whioh  we  Expected  to  send  you  by  last  steamer, 
but  could  not  get  it  off. 

These, prices  Mr  Gross  has  paid,  but  we  hope  to  get  them 
down  below  these  figures,  just  how  far  we  cannot  say. 

■’.).  Pmn't/ent:  Stfown  S.  71/Viertiom  (SaarAuw 

&/,/„>„■ .?/.  flimsy,  7S*  B***6  90*c t*t 

•Ih  shipping  thee*  Multiplex  Phonographs,  wo  think  it 
would  be  safer,  if  we  a  hipped  the  body,  or  rather  packcAthe  body 
detached  from  the  Bed-Plate,  also  pack  the  Return  Device  separately 
of  course  the  cabinet  would  be  packed  Separate  from  the  machine. 

We  would  like  to  know  whether  this  would  be  satisfactory  to  you,  ae 
you  would  have  to  put  them  together  when  they  arrived. 

I  wish  we  "could- get  a  little  "extra  sum  for  extra  care  in 
m  oking,  „as  these  machines  cost  us  so  much,  although  as  Btated  w 
before  we  are  In  hopes  of  getting  the  price  down,  and  we  are  figur¬ 
ing  on  lots  of  1,000,  but  we  have  to  take  into  account  the  $5.00  on 
each  machine,  we  pay  to  Mr  Qreas^.  which  is  a  thing  you  had  ndt 
calculated  upon,  and  cduld  not  know  of. 

You  will  understand  of  course,  these  machines  will  be 
put -together  and  thoroughly  tested  before  they  are  taken  apart  and 

ure  are  -calculating  upon  Obtaining  from  Mr  Grass  within 
two  weeks  75  of  the  maohinas  complete,  but  ye  haw  not  come  to¬ 
gether  yet  on  the  price  of  them,  and  we  expect  to  do  ao  this  week, 
but  I  will  advise  you  not  to  state  any  definite  time  of  delivery  to 
the  English  Company,  we  will  do  the  Yery  best  we  can  in  the 


Jffi/n  S.  Hvji't/eiit  JTumuudt  fit/fomn  S.  717/UredmK  Acrefary. 

$(<■/>/": t*  Jit  7//ormrfy,  Im  &»>&*/<  Mn.wn,  9Mmr  l&tint/tMTfaXt/es  J^mv* 

of  hurrying  them  off. 

In  regard  to  the  delivery,  of  the  remainder  of  the  order 
we  do  not  think  that  we  can  count  upon  more  than  300  a  month  ,  unless 
a  duplicate  set  of  tools  were  made,  which  would  cost  in  the 
neighborhood  of  #1500.,  or  perhaps  #2000.  which  as  a  matter  of 
course  is  altogether  out  of  the  question. 

Ve  are  figuring  on  prices  of  the  machines  this  week,  and 
the  delay  in  placing  the  order,  ie  due  to  the  fact  that  we  did  not 
wish  to  take  any  steps  in  the  matter,  until  we  had  concluded 
negotiations  with  Mr  Grass. 

fo/mS.$mrteJ.  Bout/wH  (Befam  & Tlffltrriitms  <&mn&vy. 

(S fle/t/wu  J:  Xm  ZIcmU/,  Mvuuwy  SMmr  70ni/tm/i/7/L’j"t(A  ,%■» 

s.p.Moriarty  Esq.. 

London,  England. 

My  Dear  Sir: 

I  am  this  morning  in  receipt  of  your  letter  of  the  19th. 

As  I  may  be  out  of  town  tomorrow,  improve  this  opportunity  to  write  you. 

I  have  not  yet  seen  the  papers  sent  to  Ur.  Morison.  but  will  exam¬ 
ine  them  carefully  this  evening,  and  if  any  oomment  is  necessary  will 
add  to  - this  letter.  .JjQf  ), 

I  note  all  you  say  regarding  the  settlement  made  and  have  no  ques¬ 
tion  that  you  have  used  your  best  endeavors  in  this  whole  business. 

You  evidently  expected  when  you  wrote  to  make  the  remittance  for 
preference  shares  within  a  day  or  two.  This  X  also  gathered  from  your 
previous  cables.  Not  hearing  from  you  X  wired  you  yesterday,  and  have 
your  oable  this  morning  referring  me  to  your  letter  of  the  32nd.  which 
I  shall  not  receive  until  Sunday. 

I  sincerely  hope  there  will  be  no  slip  in  the  matter  of  placing  the 
40,000  Pds«  of  Preference  shares*  I  have  depended  absolutely  upon  your 
assurances  in  this  regard  and  on  the  strength  of  it  have  advanced  money 
to  meet  necessary  payments,  and  have  settled  with  Seligman  in  full. 

I  hope  your  letter  of  the  22nd.  will  also  bring  full  details  ooiv- 
cerning  the  new  Continental  company.  I  have  remarked  in  all  your  recent 

Jo/m  S.  $;ar/<:.i.  <§fMont 

Stt/l/mjlz  sJ  /ftmarty,  7&e  7inu7r.ii/,  Minor;/  Qhrcctmf 

correspondence  the  omission  of  any  reference  to  Stollwerck  and  have  won¬ 
dered  what  your  plans  were  concerning  him. 

Wo  have  an  order  for  100  No.  3-  Machines  for  his  account  whioh  was 
entered  subsequent  to  your  order  for  10,000  for  the  English  acoount.  I 
presume,  however .  it  will  be  wise  to  give  him  the  100  machines  out  of 
one  of  the  early  shipments-  On  this  point,  however,  would  like  your 
cable  on  receipt  of  this.  If  he  will  make  use  of  these  a3  models  for 
the  construction  of  German  machines,  to  our  detriment,  possibly  the  or¬ 
der  had  better  take  its  course  and  be  filled  in  regular  order- 

in  view  of  your  instructions  to  forward  the  No-  8  Machines  without 
name-plates,  I  shall  oommenoe  shipment  of  same  next  week,  probably  send¬ 
ing  you  by  the  steamer  of  May-  4th.  a  shipment  of  S60,  to  be  followed 
by  at  least  that  number  weekly  hereafter  until  the  production  of  the 
flaotory  is  still  further  increased* 

Your  letter  refers  to  another  order  for  automatic  machines-  I  trust 
this  will  be  delayed  until  we  get  some  more  definite  arrangement  for 
their  manufacture-  This  man  Grass  is  the  most  impractical  I  have  met. 
As  I  wrote  you  on  Tuesday  last ,  we  have  closed  our  contract  for  the  roy¬ 
alty  basis,  but  despite  all  our  efforts  have  not  been  able  yet  to  get 
him  either  to  give  us  the  tools  or  to  contraot  for  the  manufacture  of 
the  machines;  hence  these  will,  I  fear,  be  somewhat  delayed-  He  has  made 
the  excuse  that  he  had  a  new  clock  motor  which  would  bo  so  far  superior 
to  the  one  sent  you,  that  we  would  not  want  those  originally  ordered, the 

S.  7/,.77/or/}}om  $emv(mri/. 

J7mwuj&  SeTtimt  &7lfliem0m  $anvta,n/. 

,k  7/tma*ty,  />«•  3*0*6  Mwnj  fcfe  Mit/in/fTfotfia/n  &****>« 


r/Mv^/yjf/A/  (Qfjjit/w/mf, 

'T/cwkf/or/^ _ 

new  one  costing  considerably  less  and  t£ei^g  praotically  more  efficient* 
But  on  seeing  the  sample  I  doubt  its  adaptability  to  an  automatic  machine 
At  all  events,  I  have  instructed  Mr*  Morrison  to  follow  persistently  the 
eleotrio  motor  and  until  we  can  sond  you  a  sample  of  the  new  machine, to 
mahe  no  change  in  the  order  as  it  now  stands,  which  i  take  it  is  for 
1,000  machines,  inasmuch  as  the  option  to  reduce  the  order  to  BOO  expir¬ 
ed  on  the  23rd* 

By  the  way,  ought  not  the  original  orders  of  the  new  Company  addres¬ 
sed  to  the  E*U*P*0o*  be  forwarded  here  and  filed  in  this  office?  it 
seems  to  me  this  would  be  the  business-like  way- 

Bettini  is  not  yet  satisfied  with  the  contract  we  propose  for  him, 
but  I  have  no  doubt  that  on  the  arrival  of  yours  of  the  32nd*  with  an 
order  for  machines,  we  shall  be  able  to  consummate  the  business  in  a 
satisfactory  manner. 

In  the  matter  of  remittances  made  on  account  of  machines,  of  oourse 
the  2,000  Pds-  can  only  be  used  in  payment  of  50$  of  the  invoice  against 
shipments  made*  This  will  leave  us,  as  you  will  see  by  the  agreement 
sent  you  by  last  raailj  26$  more  to  advanoe  here,  and  for  this  we  oan  util¬ 
ize  the  balance  of  the  5,000  Pds  to  advance  tha  amount*  But  I  under¬ 
stand  that  the  remaining  60$  on  invoices  will  be  paid  within  thirty  days 
after  reoeipt  of  the  maohines  and  that  this  5,000  Pds*  is  to  be  a  stand¬ 
ing  advanoe  against  the  orders,  in  order  to  keep  the  factory  in  funds* 

Pnme/mr,  JKomMjtf  <§Mw,  J'tJfkrtyion/,  &!eerr,ta>n/. 

rne/t/mt,  3‘fl/mmfy,  7iw  Mrion/  7$ntiw/t>7/LTi///«  ,>»»*«• 


Z/a//I/mZ<y L 

in  other  words,  we  are  to  be  paid  for  all  machines  shipped  independ¬ 
ent  of  the  5,000  Pds  whioh  is  to  be  a  deposit  against  the  order  to  be 
utilised  for  manufacture.  If  this  is  not  so  understood,  ani  clearly- 
understood,  will  you  please  have  a  resolution  passed  by  your  people  which 
will  leave  no  doubt  on  the  subject.  -  ' 

Pending  the  arrival  of  your  letter  of  the  22nd.  inst.  I  have  noth¬ 
ing  to  add  concerning  this  business. 

When  your  Continental  company  is  organized  I  shall  have  something 
else  to  suggest  to  you  which  I  am  sure  will  interest  you* 

P-S.  If  you  have  not  before  arrival  of  this  made  remittance  for  the 
4Q000  Pds*  Preferences  I  trust  you  will  leave  no  stone  unturned  to  do 
so  promptly. 


S.  F.  Mori  arty,  Esq., 
ion don,  England. 
Dear  Sir:- 

Your  letter  of  March  16th,  enclosed  a  memorandum  of 
criticisms  jin  rrlation  to  the  “Standard-  or  Ho. 2  type  Phonograph, 
a  copy  of  tfcfwe  sent  to  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works,  April  22nd, 
and  we  enclose  herewith  a  copy  of  their  reply  dated  April  2ZtH. 

Yours  very  truly. 



Dear  Sir:- 


Edison  United  Phonograph  o0.,  °rangS*  N*  J*  A*ril  27th, 1898, 

G.  N.  Mori  son, Esq, ,  See., 

27  William  St.,  New  York. 

**  “•  *"  ""'ln  °r  »•*«'  of  April  2aij,  atiaohtng 
"W  °f  1,tt"  fr0B  “»  a«P»«»  '•  Moriarty,  d.,.d  la,h| 

,0B,,1”r  M,h  of  •««•<■«  on  U*  -Standard-,  or  So,  g. 

type  Phonograph. 

Ao  t.  th.  "mugging-  of  th.  «pring,  ,M.  „  ,OTthlll# 

““  **  °M‘tM  •*  »  bay.  found  fro.  „„  in  .«M1„  ,„  di«a„n,  ,pi.lllg  ^ 

phonographs  manufactured  here. 

The  tronbi,  «,  b.  obvia.M  ao«,  by  blowing  in  of  graphl,, 
•blob  t.nd.  lubrlont.  ,b.  opring  l«..lf.  „  ^ 

ho„y.r,  for  *  guarant,.  tbatbla.bin..  .ill  no, 

Ib.  vibration  of  go,,  r  nor  1.  .on.thlng  ,Mt  „  „m  ^ 

into  and  gr.a,  .„roi..d  ...  ,M«  ,hl.  „  ^ 

entirely  obviated. 

A>  to  tb.  .Hip  bo,  b.,„g  ppovid.,  a  ,prlw  .Moht  >s 

•anno,  fornix,  i„.TO1,  ,yp„  „„  ^  ma  „ 

feel  that  this  complaint  will  not  be  general. 

bearding  ,b.  ...1.  ,.  b,  flx.d  ths  ^ 

■  LTT'g  “°r  *  "  “  -*«««.  doing. 

»  ,  and  we  trust  that  it  will  nn+  *,  *  *  11  not  h*  ?ound  essential 



to  provide  the  scale  in  connection  with  this, particular  type 
machine.  If,  however  it  is  absolutely  required,  an  extra  charge 
will  have  to  be  made. 

The  other  suggestions  have  been  very  carefully  notjted  by 
our  people,  and  we  trust  that  ihe  new  maohines  that  we  are  about 
manufacturing  for  your  oompany  will  be  found  so  superior  to  the 
model  submitted  that  there  will  be  little,  if  any,  complaint. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(Signed. )  W.  B.  Gilmore, 

General  Manager. 

New  York,  April  29th,  1898, 

My  dear  Mr  Mori  arty: -PERSONAL. 

I  received  your  cable  in  regard  to  McCheaney,  and  ainee 
I  spoke  to  Mr  SearleB  about  it,  he  has  not  mentioned  the  matter  sin 
since,  and  I  am  in  hopes  that  he  will  decide  tb  let  the  matter  drop 
if  he  dobs  not  however,  I  shall  object,  ae  McOheeney  eanp  in  yester¬ 
day,  and  in  the  few  minute b  he  was  here  he  interrupted  ntf  business 
and  wanted  to  know  about  bob*  many  things,  that  I  really  had  to 
freeze  him  out,  but  that  sort  of  thing  is  not  pleasant,  and  I  da 
not  like  doing  it. 

Your 8  very  truly, 

Now  York,  April  29th,  1898. 

My  doar  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

Wo  aro  remitting  a  Chook  to-day  for  #1,366.16  to  the 
Attorney  Gonoral  for  Taxes  for  1895  with  interest  and  oostf,  and  unit, 
chart or  would  bo  oaneelled  if  the  amount  wao  not  paid  before  May 
lot,  we  are  running  pretty  olooa,  but  I  could  not  get  it  before. 

When  we  get  some  money  in  the  Company,  wo  will  not  run 

this  risk. 

I  enclose  a  oopy  of  a  letter  received  from  Theodore 
Seligman,  which  I  showed  to  Mr  Searlee,  but  we  have  not  yet 
answered  it.  I  do  not  think  it  is  likely  that  Mr  Searles  will 
pay  thia  until  some  money  comes  in  from  London. 

The  total  sun  of  these  iterae  sM,  #11,334.09 
Yours  very  truly. 


New  York,  April  2lBt,  1898, 

George  N.  Morieon,  Esq., 

Secretary,  Edison  United  Phonograph  Co, 

My  dear  Mr  Morieon: - 

Will  you  pie dee  let  me  know  whether  the  Bdieon 

.  ■••y>gT  i,vr> 

United  Phonograph  Oo.  -will  now  pay  the  nimuntn  due  to  my  firm 
and  to  myself,  and  also  the  amounts  set  apqr}:  fop  Meseriji.  Evarto, 
Choate  &  Beaman  and  the  London  lawyers. 

Yours  very!:,  truly. 

Theodore  Seligman. 

Now  York,  April  29th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Mori  arty: -PERSONAL . 

1  had  an  interview  with  Bettini  of  an  hour  thle 
morning,  and  I  think  I  shall  get  the  contract  in  some  sort  of 
shape  that  we  can  agree  to. 

He  prepared  a  contract  and  I  pulled  it  all  to  pieoea,  but 
Mr  Searlea  ha,d  handed  him  a  fbrm  of  contract,  as  I  wrote  by  laat 
mail,  and  put  the  figures  higher  than  they  should  be,  so  when  I 
claimed  the  lower  price,  they  said  Mr  Searlee  agreed  to  the  other 
however  these  higher  figures  will  not  be  aooepted,  and  1  will  give 
you  the  details  of  what  we  arrive  at  by  next  mail. 

There  is  one  thing  oertain,  that  if  we  do  not  get  the 
Patente  for  the  Duplicator  now,  I  shall  get  an  option  to  buy  them, 
for  as  low  a  figure  da  possible,  running  six  months,  and  Bettini 
parially  agreed  to  this  this  morning. 

I  am  doing  all  I  can  in  the  matter  anyhow,  and  hope  to 
got  something  that  will  be  advantageous. 

He  is  improving  the  duplicator  very  touch. 

Yours  very  tro ly. 

%/mS.<£ar,rLi.  Mari6»£  Jfimtaijtf <£Mmh  @.7&77fomom  <$*en&My. 

7/ fortify %*>;,U6  M„hon,3>Mc(v«  7$nt7,v/l,7/Lfat/v,fc:tMU„K 

London,  England, 
Dear  Sir:- 

We  are  informed  by  Mr.  Searlee  that  there  will  be  shipped 
on  next  Wednesday  steamer  250  No.  2  Phonographs,  and  I  believe 
there  will  be  regular^  weekly  shipments  thereafter,  althoug&e  Ahi s 
is  not  yet  positive. 

In  the  absenee  of  any  positive  shipping  instructions,  we 
have  ordered  the  goods  marked  in  your  name,  Edison  House,  but  if 
future  shipments  are  desired  to  be  forwarded  direct  to  the  Edison 

Bell  Consolidated  Phonograph  Company,  Limited,  kindly  advise  us. 

The  order  for  100  Machines  for  the  Deuts  che  Edison  Phono 
graphen  Gesellsohaft,  can  be  shipped  at  any  time,  but  if  we  do  so, 
we  would  have  to  take  them  out  of  a  weekly  lot  that  we  might 
forward  to  the  English  Company. 

Please  do  not  misunderstand  us  in  this  statement. 

We  have  orders  at  the  Phonograph  Works  for  10,100  machines//,, & 

and  it  is  inmaterial  to  them  whether  they  ship  on  the  English  order 
•r  on  the  German  order,  if  we  ship  the  German  order  now,  it  will 
simply  delay  the  filling  of  the  order  of  trie  English  Company  to  th* 

9Xttnt  °f  100  maohlTl88»  but  be  capful  not  to  do  anything 

$ti/t/wt»  cS.  7//#nb  rty  . 1w B»m&hA  Mtvhwy  SMmf  ?&Lt/i-tt>/i/7M7fidi6s  jLw 


'Tleurl^r^ _ JfflL 


which  would  give  Mr  Stollwerok  an  opportunity  to  criticise  uh  or 
to  claim  that  we  had  no,t  oomplied  with  tha  contract ,  therefore  -we 
advise  the  shipment  of  this  100  machines  at  once. 

Mr.  Stollwerok  notified  us  that  if  we  inibrmea  him  when 
the  shipment  would  be  ready,  money  would  be  deposited  in  New  York 
with  Speyer  &  Company  th  pay  the  amount  of  the  shipment,  and  we 
trust  that  the  conditions  of  payment  communicated  to  Speyer  &  Co. 
will  not  embarass  us  in  the  collection  of  our  bill,  as  has  been  the 
case  -heretofore* 

The  bill  must  be  pa&d  including  all  oharges. 

Please  do  not  c  implicate  the  matter  by  directions  to 
Speyer  to  pay  the  suht  td  the  western  National  Bank,  let  them  pay  it 
to  the  idison  United  Phonograph  Company^  .and  we  will  collect  it  as 
heretofore,  and  deposit  the  Qheck. 

•We -notice  that  jour  letter  of  January  22nd,  1898,  gives 
the  price  as  $15.  f.o.b.  New  York,  but  the  german  order  itself, 
reads "$15.  or  less  f.o.b.",  we  understand  however  that  we  are  to 
oharge  $15.  as  this  is  a  small  order. 

Youra  very  truly, 

j!  y  i  y-1 

Now  York,  May  3rd,  1898. 

My  daar  Mr  Mori  arty: -PERSONAL. 

X  am  duly  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  April  22nd,  with 
copy  of  latter  to  Mr  Searles  of  same  date,  and  I  am  acknowledging 
in  a  separate  letter  your  favor  of  April  23rd,  ordering  Bettini 
Attachnnnts,  etc, 

I  note  that  you  do  nbt  bard  for  the  febitihi  pHeb-lists, 
but  I  think  we  will  be  obliged  to  t*ke  them  in  order  to  bring  about 
an  Agreement,  but  as  we  are  to  have  a  fleeting  late  this  afternoon 
with  Bettini,  I  will  postpone  any  comments  upon  this  natter  until 
I  oan  give  you  the  final  results;  and  ae  I  have  discussed  the 
matter  thoroughly  with  Bettini,  we  have  nearly  every  point  settled, 
so  that  when  he  sees  Mr  Searles  this  afternoon,  the  matter  can  be 
finally  agreed  upon. 

I  have  ordered  from  Bettini  Two  electrotypes  of  eaeh  of 
the  different  euts  in  his  new  price-list,  except  the  individuals, 
as  I  suppose  you  would  not  oare  for  electros  of  'the  Artiste. 

The  price-lists  are  to  be  ^rintid  without  Any  prices,  ex- 
oept  in  the  case  of  Record*,  yhioh  Bettini  was  net  willing  to 
leave  out,  although  I  will  have  to  see  him  again  abouttthia,  ae  you 
cannot  use  a  prioe-list  with  American  Dollars  for  prices. 

I  notice  in  your  statement  of  the  Gash  Account  relating 
to  the  $120,000.  from  the  Bngliah  Company,  a  number  of  items  whioh 
have  been  out  down  very  materially  from  the  original  idea,  but  I  do 
not  see  how  we  are  tonreceive  any  portion  of  the  ordinary  Shares 
kt  taking  into  consideration  that  wexali  sell  £40,000.  of  Preference 


and  Babe  nturea. 

Have  you  any  objections  to  making  this  clear  to  me, 
although  I  realize  t hath you  may  have  some  understanding  in  regard 
to  the  payment  of  the  two  or  three  f  irbt  iiems  of  the  Account  ^ 

%  o'clock,  p:m;  Since  writing  afccwd,  I  haVe  juWt  deceived  a  meeea^- 
frorfi  Mr  Se  arise.  to  the  effect  that  he  Mas  to  go  out  of  town,  and 
capnot  see  Betjini  ymtil  his  return,  therefore  I  was  obliged  to 
notify  Se;t tin!  much  to  my  regret,  as  I  had  everything  practically 
agreed  upqn,  and,  the  matter  •could  havfc  been  cloaed  this  afternoon,.^/- 
1  -do  .not  think  this  war  pill  do  us  any  material  harm, 
although  1b  has  increased  freight  fates  a  little-,  and*  da  capital 
is  always,  influenced  by  Uny  diStutfiatoee ,  it  will  hurt  business 
moro  or  less,  but  1  hope  that  your  negotiations  are  too  far  ad¬ 
vanced  W>r  that. 

YOurs  yety  truly. 

37tomaAJ& $/tdmi  ff.  71.7/tor/AMH  fTteerefan/. 

<§k/i/ww  at  fttmwty,  7w  BoMuti  M’iwry  Sumter.'  ?0rit/iiY>/lJ77^iiu/ei  Jammkk 

London,  "England. 
Dear  Sir:- 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  April  23rd,  enclosing  a  State¬ 
ment  of  the  distribution  of  £120,000.  paid  over  by  the  Bdison-Bell 
Consolidated  Phonograph  Co.,  Limited,  this  statement  was  shown  to 
Mr  Searles,  and  at  hiB  request  I  telegraphed  you  last  evening  as 


We  figure  that  the  £50,000.  of  Working  Capital,  the£40,00 
of  Debentures  and  Preferences,  for  which  you  will  receive  the  Cash, 
from  an  independent  source,  and  the  £120,000,  named  in  this  state¬ 
ment,  will  nett  £210,000.  which  is  the  total  sum  of  the  Capital  and 

So  far  this  is  perfectly  clear,  but  can  you  not  give  us 
an  explanation  as  to  the  refunding  of  the  £1,000.  from  Mr.  Coates, 
the  £2,500.  of  subscription  by  Mr  Searles. 

The  item  of  £23,680,  we  cannot  figure,  and  we  presume 
further  detail  will  be  furnished  for  the  £16,000. 

. Is  Mr  Searles  to  reoelve  to  reoeive  a  commission  for  his 

underwriting  or  subscription. 

Sti/t/wt,  £7?/<ma*fy,  %» IUi/r.,,6  Mitery  Itfnt/wfiMfatL  J?r„ 

I  have  not  mentioned  this  matter  to  Mi*  Searles,  but  I 
would  like  to  be  prepare £  in  case  he  refers  to  it. 

Are  iha  underwriters  to  receive  ShareB  for  their 

commieeion  in  accordance  with  the  Underwriting  circulars,  in  addi¬ 
tion  to  the£5,635,  and  £2, 625.  paid  them  in  accordance  with  the 

We  note  that  the  legal  expenses  of  Riddell,  Vaizey  * 
Smith  are  subject  to  reduction. 

The -  statement  rendered  doeB  not  show  a  balance  of  £81. 
but  calls  for  a  balance  of  £1,487.12.2  . 

Yours^very  truly, 

M  o' 


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27  W  I  LLI  AM  STREET. 

May  3rd.  1808 

S-E-Moriarty  Esq. 

London,  Eng. 

My  Dear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  letter  of  the  22nd,  which  is  in  many 
respects  very  disappointing,  especially  in  the  suggestion  of  uncertainty 
pertaining  to  the  40,000  Pds.  Debentures  and  in  the  statement  of  account 
which  you  have  forwarded  and  which  is  entirely  inexplicable  and  unsat¬ 

in  reference  to  the  latter  Mr.  Morison  ha3  already  cabled  you,  ash¬ 
ing  for  a  detailed  statement  whioh  I  trust  will  be  forthcoming  by  the 
next  steamer. 

Your  order  for  100  No.  5  machines  with  Bettini  attachment  is  also 
non-undorstandable,  inasmuch  as  the  No.  6  maohine  is  the  Gross  automatic. 
I  presume  you  refer  to  the  No.  6;  but,  on  the  other  hand, that  has  no 
cloch  motor  attachment,  so,  concerning  this  order,  vre  must  also  wait  fur¬ 
ther  advices. 

Concerning  the  shipment  of  machines  being  affected  by  the  war,  you 
need  have  no  apprehension.  It  is  true  that  the  demands  of  the  Government 
for  brass  for  ordinance  purposes,  has  made  it  difficult  for  the  works 
to  get  some  parts  which  they  need,  but  there  goes  forward  by  this  week's 
steamer  260  of  the  No.  2,  and  they  will  follow  rapidly  from  this  time  on 

Meitr/tvit  S.  7l7?6rm#nt  SmiSon,. 

<§tt/i/f,ll,  M  ff/mh-ffy,  XSe  ■  rM’uwry  Sdimtox  Wttit/tw/lJM&UL  J?co.»,n-*r 

Mr.  Morison  will  write  you  respecting  freight  matters  and  the  statue 
of  the  Bettini  negotiation,  which  is  purposely  incomplete  in  the  hope 
of  getting  same  better  terms-  We  shall,  however,  put  in  hand  immediate¬ 
ly  the  order  for  250  Bettini  attachments.  You  do  not  state  the  price 
at  which  you  have  sold  these,  so  we  cannot  Know  whether  there  is  a  profit 
in  them  at  the  35$  discount  which  we  get  under  our  contract  with  Bettini. 

The  statement  you  3end  does  not  state,  as  you  olaim  it  does,  what 
you  have  received  and  what  you  have  sent  etc.  According  to  the  early  part 
of  your  letter  there  remains  30$  to  be  paid  in  on  the  stock,  and  this  is 
given  as  a  reason  why  you  are  unable  to  make  remittance  for  preference 
shares  and  debentures-  But  your  statement  shows  payment  of  the  full 
00,000  Pds  to  the  Edison  Bell  corporation  besides  an  unexplained  item 
of  23,000  Pds.  and  16,000  Pds.  reserved  for  contingencies,  all  of  which 
is  so  indefinite  and  unsatisfactory  as  to  mate  the  statement  worthless 
until  it  is  explained  and  elaborated  in  detail. 

X  am  disappointed,  too,  to  find  that  there  is  a  hitoh  in  the  con¬ 
tinental  business-  But  there  is  nothing  to  do,  however,  but  to  wait  for 
further  reports. 

X  do  not  know  the  souroe  of  your  "independent  information  from  the 
works".  What  I  do  know  is  that  the  contracts  between  Mr.  Edison  and 
myself  are  not  known  to  your  independent  informant.  They  are  entirely 
between  the  officials  of  the  Company  and  myself,  and  I  have  satisfactory 

ThuitAutt  37tVtlU0J$  77,  77;77/jmd&n/,  Sfrmta,py. 

M7//mar/)/,7ii«&m"U/<  M-niory SHmOenT  777nt/i,v/i  77L'M//r.  J^mumK 

imagine  that  in  these  negotiations  Mr.  Edison  has  had  matters  all  his 
own  way  you  are  quite  mistaken. 

I  still  hope  that  during  the  week  you  will  cable  the  prooeeds  of 
the  40,000  Pds.  enabling  me  to  do  something  toward  settling  up  accounts 
as  i  am  more  than  anxious  concerning  these  matters,  whioh  are  left  in  a 
very  unsatisfactory  shape.  Relying  upon  your  positive  assuranoe  that 
these  shares  were  sold  and  would  be  paid  for,  some  days  since,  I  have 
counted  upon  your  remittance. 

Do  not  forget  that  unless  we  avail  of  the  option  to  order  the  Becond 
10,000  No.  2v.  machines  within  30  days,  i-e.  before  May  16th.  it  may  be 
some  time  before  we  can  get  such  an  order  booked,  other  orders  interven¬ 
ing  meanwhile. 

Awaiting  your  further  favors  I  remain 

New  York,  May  5th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

When  I  showed  Mr  Searlee  your  letter  of  April  23rd 
with  eopy  of  order  attached,  he  remarked  that  you  should  send  on  t* 
the  original  order,  and  I  have  written  you  by  this  mail,  a  formal 
letter  to  that  effect. 

May  8th,  I  am  about  placing  an  order  with  the  Multiplex  Phono¬ 
graph  Company  to  manufacture  certain  parts  of  the  Multiplex  Phono¬ 
graph,  and  to  furnish  to  ue  the  Qabinete,  in  fact  everything  com¬ 
plete,  except  the  Motor,  Governor,  ete,  which  latter  the  Works 
manufacture  for  ue,  but  in  order  that  you  may  understand  exactly, 

1  enclose  oopy  of  our  Order  to  the  Multiplex  Phonograph  Company, 
also  oopy  of  Mr  Searles  guarantee,  which  I  only  succeeded  in  getting 
this  afternoon  after  days  of  delay  and  at  the  last  moment,  it 
took  my  utmost  persuasion  to  indues  Mr  Searles  to  sigh  it. 

If  it  had  not  been  signed,  Mr  Gross'  son,  a  bright  young 
man  from  the  South,  was  ready  to  give  up  the  order  and  not  under¬ 
take  it  at  all,  as  I  saw  a  letter  from  his  Father,  who  has  been 
urging  him  not  to  undertake  the  manufacture,  as  jfe  would  be  oertain 
to  lose  money,  and  his  letter  wsb  bo  strong  that  the  son  was  oould 
searoely  be  lndueed  to  consent  to  aeeept  the  order;  even  now,  as  I 
am  writing  thiB  letter,  I  feel  afraid  that  he  may  back  out  to-morro1^ 
naming,  when  I  will  hand  him  the  papers. 

This  matter  has  greatly  exereised  Mr  Searles,  and  he 
hesitated  a  long  tins,  and  used  every  argument  possible  against 
•igning  the  paper,  but  I  have  it  now,  and  I  hope  there  will  be  no 


hit oh  to-morrow  morning. 

There  waa  another  very  trouble  Borne  matter  today-. 

I  had  made  an  appointment  with  Mr  Sear lee,  to  meet  Battini  at  11 
o'clock,  and  had  agreed  upon  nearly  every  point  of  the  Agreement, 
and  had  also  obtained  Mr  SearleB  oonaent  to  them,  except  thr  chief 
poirit,  namely  the  price  for  the  Patents,  and  how  to  be  made. 

Bettini  demanded  $2,500.  for  the  ARonOy  fpr  l^ie  Mioro- 
phonographa,  etc,  and  other  things,  also  $2,500.  for  his  Duplicator 
Patents,  but  Mr  Searles  would  not  pay  more  than  $2,500,  and  wbuid 
not  pay  that  oash,  nor  until  the  Patente  were  isaued,  therefore  as 
Bettini  did  not  come  to-day,  but  sent  DeCastro,  and  UeCaatro  waa 
not  able  to  agree  to  Mr  SearleB  terms,  it  was  necessary  to  re-new 
negotiations  on  my  part  with  Bettini,  although  Bettini  had  previous 
ly  understood  from  me,  that  we  would  not  pay  the  Aapsaam*  of  $2500. 
each,  still  he  expected  to  get  something  over  the  $2,500. 

.  I  have  been  gradually  working  this  thing  up  to  a  final 
Settlement,  for  some  time,  and  this  afternoon  I  finally  agriid  with 
Bettini  at  office,  that  we  fpuld  pqy  $2,500.  oasjb  fo*  hifl 
Duplicator  patent  for  Great  Britain,  and  for  his  agenoy  for  his 
micro-phonographs  for  that  territory,  with  an  option  of  60  dayB  for 
other  oountriea. 

Before  I  went  up  to  see  Bettini  this  afternoon,  I  told 
Mr  Searles  that  it  would  bo  impossible  to  induoe  Bettini  to  aeoept 
the  $2,500.  payable  when  the  Patents  were  issued,  for  I  knew  hie 
temper  in  the  matter,  but  Mr  Searles  wanted  ms  to  see  him,  and 


oharged  me  not  to  lose  the  patents,  therefore  I  agreed  with  Betting 

upon  the  terms  and  told  him  the  matter  should  go  through,  but 

riotwithstanding  that  I  told  Mr  Searles  that  I  would  go  up  and  do 

agree  Xo 

the  beet  I  could  in  the  matter,  when  X  wanted  him  toApay  the  $2,500 
dtp*e  this  afternoon,  upon  my  return,  he  absolutely  refused  to  do  so 
until  you  had  send  on  some  moreymoney,  therefore  I  cabled  you  to 
that  effeot,  and  hope  you  will  be  able  to  send  on  at  least  that  sum 
as  Bettini  will  not  enter  into  negotiations  again  with  us  if  we  do 

not  close  the  matter  nowi  and  I  feel  very  much  annoyed  and  worried 

over  the  matter,  ct-o  jLt*/-**, 

■  f&n  aifTt^etaH#^ 

Yours  very  truly, 

/  7  1  cr  t  t-J  fvO 

$/<r/t/wn'  A  MmiwA/,  7w»  Mkm>/ku/, 

J7h»wmj&  ds/./rtwi; 

yMrMoiy  Sb'rccter.' 

S.nffhnurm  aJWfer,, 




S.  P,  Moriarty,  Bsq., 

London,  Bngland. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Ref erring  to  your  cable  of  May  5th,  we  have  received  a 
quotation  from  Bettini  of  $375.00  each  for  five  Duplicator,  if 
the  order  ia  given  within  a  week. 

This  price  however  must  not  be  a  precedent  for  future 
orders,  as  he  holds  to  hia  figure  of  $400.  each  in  lota  up  to  12, 
but  the  above  quotation  ia  a  special  conce.Bdeh¥nand^fell  charge  ua 
$400.  in  future. 

Your a  very  truly, 


Mr.  S.F. Mori arty, 

London,  Ung.- 

Deal’  Sir: 

Since  my  last  I  am  in  receipt  of  your  letter  of  the  26th. 
ult.  as  also  your  cable  of  the  4th.  inst. 

As  I  have  previously  written  you  the  £5,000  advanced  on  mach¬ 
ines  is  totally  inadequate  to  meet  the  demands  upon  us  here  and 
to  secure  prompt  shipment. 

Nothing  short  of  the  payment  of  the  £40,000  preferences  will 
put  this  company  in  a  .solvent  condition  and  I  hope  you  will  take 
no  more  orders  until  the  money  is  forthcoming  as  I  am  unable  to 
place  these  orders  at  all  without  my  personal  guarantee  and  I  am 
unwilling  to  do  more  m  this  line  until  I  have  the  money  in  hand. 

As  I  cabled  you,  failure  to  get  the  money  for  the  preferences  will 
seriously  embarrass  cur  common  interest.  Until  I  hear  from  you 
witn  a  remittance  I  shall  not  be  at  ease  concerning  this  business 
"At  some  future  date"  is  a  very  indefinite  and  unsatisfactory  an¬ 
swer  m  view  of  your  positive  assurances  previously  made  and  upon 
which  I  have  acted* 




LONDON:  23,  Royal  Exohango, E.0„  10, Mark  Led 
E.O.,  1,  Northumberland  Avooue,  W.O.,  II,  Dul 
Street,  S.E.,  and  Eaat  India  Avenuo,  E.G. 
LIVERPOOL:  F  3,  Exohange  Buildings. 
MANOEESTBR  :  18,  Moult  Street,  Gross  Street. 
NEWOASTLE-ON-TINE:  29,  Sandhill. 
BRADFORD:  8,  Forstor  Square, 

GLASGOW :  07,  St  Vinoent  Streot,  and  40,  Hopo  E 
DUNDEE:  37,  Albort  Square. 

the  following  CABLEGRAM  rcce/vcd*,  “Via  Commercial  Cables,”  at _ (.tL _ 

—Is  '1  . . -5-1-  ^ 

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JXwhmj&  Sf/tium.  &  Mffforiiom  (JWwv/ 

m-m^rr  Mtt/w/iM&tt/a  ,77c„Mn:K 


8.  P.  Moriarty,  Esq., 
loud on,  England. 

Dear  Sir:** 


We  beg  to. acknowledge  receipt  j?f  the.  following  cable. 




Which  we  translate  as  follows 


Yours  very  truly. 

r  B  t  h  . 

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'Je/fjjt  7k»<&u£  J7<etnaiJ& $t/t4#rn  $,7&7/UriAi?m  dfeerrAwy. 

Stf/'/ot*  A/:  7/hm*ty,  %S*  Zk>U»/<  &;,*/«*  7tfnt/rm/,J/07'//7,:.  .77r»M,nK 

Dear  Sir#- 

We  e nolo ep  cop.y  of  our  Order  to  the  Multiplex  Phonograph 
Company,  for  the  parts  of  the  machine  which  they  will  manufacture 
for  ue. 

The  Motor,  Governor,  Bed-plate,  Twin-nuts,  and  Speakers, 
will  be  furnished  by  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works,  at  a  total  oost 
of  about  #18.00,  the  other  portion  will  oost  about  #45.00,  and 
royalty  is  #5.00,  making  a  total  of  #68.00,  and  there  might  be 
sometaiittle  -thing  extra,  therefore  there  is  no  margin  of  profit  to 
the  Company  on  this  order  for  1,000  Multi plexs,  at  the  price  you 
have  sold,  namely  #70.00. 

These  figures,  you  will  of  course  understand,  do  not 
inolude  the  battery,  as  the  battery  is  never  included,  unless 
particularly  specified. 

The  reason  we  have  given  the  order  to  the  Multiplex 
Phonograph  Company,  is,  beoause  the  maohine  as  it  stands* at8pl*f  lint 
understood  by  the  Multiplex  people,  and  they  will  take  an  interest 
is  turning  them  out,  as  perfedt  as  possible. 

They  do  not  make  any  money  o»  the  order,  and  they  will 

<$&/>/«»■  M  Minmty,  tie  MrxrUi, 


JfwtHeMJt/:  (§r/tiiM  V, 

M  Wl  my  Sfareefotf 

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have  a  good  mechanic  to  supervise  the  work,  and  to  test  them  when 
completed,;  he  is  familiar  with  the  machine,  and  Mr  Gress  will  also 
give  it  his  personal  attention. 

Mr.  Gilmore  said  he  did  not  wish  to  make  them,  although 
we  could  have  prevailed  upon  him  to  do  ao,  but- in  that  case,  it 
would  have  been  necessary  to  obtain  the  tools  from  Mr  Gress,  and 
they  would  probably  have  cost  us  something,  in  addition  to  which, 

Mr  Gilmore  expressed  the  opinion  that  the  toold  were  not  perfect, 
but  Mr  Gress'  son,  a  bright  young  fellow,  whom  you  have  never  met, 
informed  me  that  they  were  fine  tools,  and  I  think  he  spoke  the 
truth,  anyhow  it  seemed  to  be  best  to  let  them  make  the  machines. 

Mr  Searles  has  guaranteed  the  order  to  Mr  Grese  to  the 
extent  of  $45,000.  for  the  t,punsand  machines. 

I  do  not  think  that  there  can  be  any  deliveries  under 
four  weeks,  and  possibly  five,  but  we  will  push  the  order  forward 
as- rapidly  as  possible. 

I  hope  you  will  not  exact  from  us  the  printing  of  the 
little  card  in  the  top  of  the  case,  as  we  have  not  taken  this  into 
account,  and  we  hope  that  you  will  be  able  to  charge  the  English 
Company,  something  for  the  mirror,  metal-money-box,  etc.^...^^. 


Jff'/iJi  S.  Smr/ti),  ttaM&ut.  J7tomaaj&  &  /RffiSmbm  tfenwAwyt 

S(e/t/wM>  M  77/<>mirfl/,  ?£»  %w>A»/<  Mmtrm/  ,7nmi 


1 1  LLI  AM  STREET, 

The  Multiplex  Phonograph  Company, 
1358  Broadway,  New  York  City, 

May  6th.  1898.  //,?$ 


Enc 108 admpl 9ase  find  Order  No.  413,  for  One  thousand 
(1,000)  Multiplex  Phonographs,  consisting  only  of  the  following 

The  Multiplex  Attachment  complete,  including  Top  or  Body, 

feed-screw  and  mandrel.  Back-rod  with  Arm  com¬ 
plete,  Brass  Horn  and  Indicator,  as  per  sample 
shipped  to  London.  All  filly  tested  and 
assembled^ with  Bed-plate,  Governor,  etd  of  the 
Edison  "M^Thono graph.  Which  latter  Bed-piste 

Motor  and  Governor  complete,  with  feed-screw  is 
to  be  furnished  by  us  free,  and  delivered  to 
said  Multiplex  Phonograph  00.,  for  assembling. 

One  thousand  (1,000)  Return  Deviee  and  Coin  slot  attachments, 
with  metal  money-box,  battery  wires,  complete,  assembled  to  above 
Multiplex  Phonograph,  and  placed  in  Cabinet  and  fully  tested. 

The  Nickel-in^-the-slot  Attachment  to  be  adjusted  for  the  use  of  the 
English  Penny  oo in. 

Delivered,  F.O.B.  your  factory  in  Brooklyn. 

One  thousand  (1,000)  Cabinete,  with  glass  top  and  mirror, 
oomplete  as  per  model. 

The  total  oost  of  the  above  goods,  shall  not  exoesd  the  sum  of 
$45.25  for  each  machine,  Cabinet  and  Attachments,  complete. 

Said  parts  shall  be  assembled  by  you,  and  at  your  expense, 
with  the  motor,  Governor  and  Twin-nuta,  whioh  we  agree  to  furnish 
at -our  expense,  and  you  are  to  deliver  to  us  the  complete  Multiplex 
Phonographs,  thoroughly  tested,  and  in  perfect  working  condition. 


</*>&>■■  S.  St/fam  &■  Tlflimttm  o&wtsWp 

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In  payment  for  said  One  thousand  (1,000)  Multiplex  Phonographs 

we  agree  to  pay  to,  you  the  sum  of  Five  thousand  (#5,000.)  dollars 
cash,  and  further  payments  of  #4,500.  upon  delivery  to  us  of  each 
One  hundred  Multiplex  Phonographs,  until  the  sum  of  Forty  thousand 
twohundred  and  fifty  (#40,250.)  dollars  is  paid  in  addition  to  the 
said  sum  of  #5,000.  paid  cash,  as  heretofore  stated. 

We  agree  to  pay  in  addition  to  the  above  a  further  sun 
of  Fifty  (50/)  cents  for  packing  and  boxing  the' "Cabinet^  in  large 
strong  dosed  boxes,  two  Cabinets  in  each  box. 

Yours  very  truly, 

C SBa. )  G.  N.  MorisOn, 


New  York,  May  6th1,  1898* 

Multiplex  Phonograph  Company*. 

1358  Broadway,  New  York  City*. 

Dear  Sir's  S* 

Referring  to  Order  No*  413  for  Multiplex  Phonographs,  and 
the  letter  of  the  Edison  United  Phonograph  Company  of  May  6th,  1898 
handed  you  this  day,  by  them* 

I  hereby  guarantee  to  you  the  payment  by  them  of  such 
order*  not  exceeding  the  sum  of  $45,000,  upon  the  terms  therein 

Yours  very  truly, 

(Signed,)  Jno.  E»  Searlea, 

New  York,  May  6th,  1898. 

Edison  United  Phonograph  Company. 

27  William  St.,  New  York  City. 

Dear  Sire;* 

We  are  in  reoeipt  of  your  Order  No.  413,  for  One  thousand 
(1,000)  Multiplex  Phonographs,  which  we  acoept,  and  we  hereby  agree 
to  deliver  the  machines  to  you  in  accordance  with  the  terms  Of 
the  order. 

We  agree  to  puah  the  work  forward,  and  to  make  deliveries 
•e  speedily  as  possible. 

Yours  very  truly, 

,  Multiplex  Phonograph  Co. 

(Signed.)  M.  V.  Gross. 

S, P. lioriarty  Esq.  ■  ■ 

London,  Eng. 

My  Dear  Sir: 

At  the  tine  I  secured  through  Mr.  Platt  the  guarantee 
of  the  Fidelity  Company  I  made  the  statement  to  him  that  you  had 
sold  £40,000  of  Preferences  and  that  within  30  days  the  money  would 
be  in  hand  and  we  should  be  able  to  make  a  syayement  of  the  finan¬ 
cial  condition  of  the  Edison,; United  Phono.  Co.  which  would  chow 
ic  to  be  out  of  debt  and  with  a  balance  in  its  treasury.  In  other 
words,  a  solvent  corporation. 

ihe  Fidelity  Co.  has  applied  to  me  for  such  a  statement  and 
insists,  upon  its  being  furnished,,  which,  of  course,  under  the  cir¬ 
cumstances,  I  am  unable  to  do;  and  as  I  indicated  in  my  cablegram 
this  will,  I  fear,  be  seriously  detrimental  to  our  interests, as 
unless  the  status  of  the  Company  is  shown  to  be  as' represented  they 
may  cancel  their  guarantee,  which  would,  of  course,  be  fatal  to 
your  London  business. 

In  order  to  pacify  them  I  shall  cable  today  to  Mr.  James  M«- 
G-ifford,  of  Now  York,  who  is  now  in  London  attending  to  some  legal 
business  for  me,  to  see  you  immediately  and  prepare  a  report  upon 

aTftimatfy,  fc« 

'P/f/pMori/  Stivnc 

S.  7&7?lmiem  $e.civia,ri/. 

Mat/'  Ifor/rS 

the  organisation  of  the  London- -Compaifj^ind  the  interest  of  the 
E,U,P.Co.  in  same,  in  the  hope  that  this  Tail  tide  the  matter  over 
for  a  few  days  until  you  make  the  promised  remittance. 

I  hare  stated  that  there  are  £40,000  due  to  the  N.Y.Co.  which 
"“I  be  reali2ed  in  oash’ ,but  this  is  not  satisfactory  inasmuch  as 
the  value  that  we  put  upon  the  shares  is  not  accepted  by  the  Fidel¬ 
ity  Co. 

I  doubt  not  you  vill  have  given  Mr.  Gifford,  before  receipt 
of  this,  every  possible  facility  for  malting  the  investigation  and 
report*.  If  not  do  not  fail  to  do  so  immediately  on  rooeipt  of  this 
Your-n  truly, 

Dear  Mr  Moriarty, 

re  Stollwerck. 

I  Dave  gone  Into  this  correspondence  •with,  the  Agreements 
with  Mr  Stollwerck  and  the  German  Phonograph  Company.  I  have 
prepared  a  case  for  the  opinion  of  Counsel  and  shall  be  sending 
the  papers  to  Berlin  tomorrow. 

Xours  faithfully. 

S.P.  Moriarty  Esq., 
Edison  House, 

Northumberland  Avenue. 

T RANS-ATLANTin  Oari  pp.dam 

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New  York,  May  10th,  1898. 

Uy  dear  Mr  Mori  arty: -PERSONAL. 

Ihe  Bettini  Agreements  are  in  the  hands  of  Mr 
Hughes,  and  the  Company's  interest  will  be  earefully  looked  after, 
but  I  was  surprised  to-day,  when  in  referring  to  the  Duplicator 
Patents  by  telephone,  I  was  informed  that  Bettini  had  not  yet 
applied  for  them  abroad,  he  however  said  that  he  would  do  so  at 
once,  and  make  the  application  for  a  better  maohine,  containing 
some  late  improvements. 

Mr  Searles  bb  you  have  been  notified  deolined  to  pay  the 
$2, bOO.  for  the  Patents  although  we  haye  been  negotiating  with 
Bettini  for  some  time,  and  this  sum  is  the  final  outcome  of  my 
earnest  efforts  for  the  Agency  for  all  hiB  things,  and  fbr  the 
Duplicator  Patents  when  granted  . 

I  will  make  some  provision,  in  case  the  Patent  should  not 
be  granted. 

I  do  not  let  Mr  Bettini  know  that  Mr  Searles  at  the  last 
moment  deolined  to  pay  the  money,  and  was  foreed  to  telegraph  you 
to  remit  the  sum,  but  I  hope  to  have  everything  dosed  in  a  4ay  or 
two,  if  I  receive  the  money,  and  havennn  appointment  with  Bettini 
to-morrow  morning  to  discuss  the  Patent  question  as  a  result  of 
the  tilephons  notification  referred  to. 

The  little  statement  received  showing  the  different  sums 
paid  to  Mr  Coates,  was  handed  to  Mr  Searles  to-day,  or  rather 
yesterday,  and  he  was  very  muoh  surprised  at  the  amount  of  money 

paid  Mr  Coates,  also  that  the  £1, 000.  advanced  him  on  hie  stock, 
did  not  seem  likely  to  be  returked. 

He  referred  to  the  £2,500/  advanced  by  him  on  subscrip¬ 
tion  account,  and  wanted  to  know  how  he  was  to  get  this  b aek. 

I  hqpe  yoU  will  give  us  all  the  details  in  regard  to 
your  statement,  and  in  regard  to  Mr  Searles  subscription. 

He  criticised  a  number  of  the  items  of  expense,  and  re¬ 
marked  that  you  should  send  on  the  Vouohers. 

The  three  first  items  in  the  statement  are  the  ones  which 
require  explanation  to  enable  us  to  comprehend  these  disbursements 
We  note  a  payment  r  £350.  to  Mr  Coates  in  addition  to 
the  £2,600.. 

Mr  Searles  refers  to  the  £40,000.  of  Debentures  frequent¬ 
ly  and  I  hope  you  will  be  able  to  realize  upon  these  before  long* 
but  I  know  you  will  advise  us  JUst  as  soon  as  you  receive  the  money 
I  will  take  the  precaution  in  regard  to  the  Bettini 
Patents  to  have  the.  application  ikade  through  our  Attorneys,  if 

Yours  very  truly;? 

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May  10th.  1898  y/ffl 

s.F.Uoriarty  Esq, 

London,  Eng, 

Lear  Sir: 

I  have  none  of  your  mail  favors  since  my  last  and  no  cables 
osoopt  ono  received  last  evening  in  ro  German  machines,  none  of  which  have 
been  shipped  and  none  will  be  until  wo  hear  from  you  on  the  subject* 

You  must  sec  to  it  that  we  are  not  in  default  in  filling  the  order 
under  our  contract  this  giving  Stollwerok  a  claim  against  us,  which  would 
damage  our  contract, 

I  hope  that  when  the  shares  are  listed  on  the  12th,  you  will  be  able 
to  dispose  of  the  £40,000  preferences  promptly. 

Yours  truly. 

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Now  York,  May  12th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

Yesterday  I  went  out  of  town  with  0.  V.  Areas  and  hia  son 
to  see  his  new  model  weight  motor  Phonograph,  which  haa  been  great¬ 
ly  improved  and  seems  to  run  perfectly. 

He  says  he  is  now  satisfied  with  it,  and  will  order  about 
225  of  them  made  at  once. 

1  have  spoken  for  several  samples,  and  he  issdisppseddto 
aid  us  in  every  way,  and  will  give  us  an  option  upon  this  machine. 

It  will  look  something  like  the  sealee  whieh  you  often 
step  upon  to  get  weighed,  but  the  platform  will  be  a  little  higher. 

There  has  been  nothing  gotten  out  like  these,  and  it  seems 
to  me  that  if  they  will  wbrk  properly  that  they  will  take  in  a 
great  deal  of  money,'  they  have  the  Multiplex  machine  inside,  and 
the  ease  is  tall  ,  and  he  may  get  it  down  to  about  a  foot  square, 
because  the  Multiplex  machine  inside  iB  dot  as  large  as  the  model 
you  have. 

It  will  take  probably  about  60  days  to  complete  any  of 
these  machines,  and  he  will  send  some  of  them  to  Omaha,  and  some 
of  them  South. 

Orees  is  also  taking  steps  to  build  some  of  his  small 
Multiplex  Phonographs,  which  he  proposes  to  exploit  in  this  Country 
for  business  purposes. 

It  is  a  c look-motor  machine  and  sets  in  a  box  ,  and  con* 
siderably  smaller  than  the  size  Multiplex  you  have,  and  I  have 


spokon  for  a  few  samples  of  these. 

1  do  not  know  how  soon  he  will  be  able  to  complete  any 
of  them,  as  I  believe  it  will  be  neoessary  to  make  two  or  three 
new  tools. 

Mr  Grass  ideas  of  the  business  have  greatly  increased, 
and  we  are  very  luekly  to  have  obtained  the  Agreement  befbre  hie 
ideas  before  his  ideas  advanced  so  mueh,  and  please  note  that  the 
copy  of  Agreement  X  sent  you  was  signed  by  hie  Son  as  his  Attorney, 
but  I  have  taken  the  precaution  to  have  Mr  Gross  senior  sign  hia 
name  above  his  son's  signature,  this  was  done  yesterday. 

These  people  do  a  tremendously  big  business  in  lumber, 
and  they  make  big  contracts  of  150,000,  at  a  time,  or  morp. 

Yesterday  Mr  Grass  wanted  to  open  an  aocount  for  his  son 
Morgan  Grass  ,  I  think  he  said^the  Sixth  National,  and  when  they 
asked  for  reference,  ha  showed  them  a  bill  of  exchange  which  he 
had  been  earrying  in  hiB  pocket  for  weeks  ^oi*  $10,000.  and  I  think 
he  told  them  his  balance  in  the  ^msterdam  Bank  was  $16,000. 

His  ideas  about  the  Multiplex  business  are  now  so  big 
that  he  intends  to  furnish  capital  enough  to  expipit  the  business 
in  the  United  States. 

Yours  very  truly, 

New  York,  May  12th,  1898, 

My  dear  Mr  Mori  arty: -PERSONAL. 

Mr  Searlea  informed  me  a  day  or  two  ago  that  he  had 
promised  the  Fidelity  and  Deposit  Company  who  guaranteed  the  English 

oontraet  that  he  would  give  them  a  statement  on  May  1st.  i  think 

/  (■■!> 

he  said  showing  the ^Company  out  of  debt,  and  he  remarked,  that  if 
he  did  not  do  bo,  he  would  not  be  surprised  if  they  would  withdraw 
their  guarantee. 

I  heard  recently  that  John  Dougherty  ira&  out  of  Cramps. 

I  have  just  received  from  Mr  Hughes  a  rough  draft  of  the 
Bettini  contraot  with  sane  corrections  that  I  have  suggested  in 
lead  pencil,  and  which  X  must  submit  to  Bettini,  so  that  it  is 
impossible  to  get  it  off  to  you  by  this  mail,  but  will  however  try 
to  do  so  by  next  steamer,  althougi  it  is  not  likely  that  it  will  be 
executed  until  Mr  Searles  is  better. 

MroSearles  telephoned  to  Mr  Oakley  to-day,  that  Mr 
SearleB  has  a  fever  and  has  two  nurses  in  attendance,  and  that  he 
asemd  tb  be  nervously  used  up. 

He  cannot  see  any  one,  and  the  Doctors  insist  upon  his 
having  perfect  quiet. 

Shey  will  not  let  him  sign  any  papers,  and  Mr  Oskley  had 
to  recall  his  matters. 

We  are  not’  inconvenienced  much  yet,  and  I  presume  the 
Phonograph  Works  wbqld  not  insist  upon  the  payment  of  their  three 
quarters  of  their  invoices  upon  the  day,  while  Mr  nSearleB  is  ill, 

80  that  1°  wy  about  from  the 


Woi-ks  at  least  for  a  week  or  ton  dayB,  and  he  may  be  decidedly 
better  by  th*t  time. 

The  order  for  the  Multiplex  Phonographs  will  not  require 
until/ the  first  deliveries  are  made  in  three  or  four  weeks,  as  we 
have  paid  the  Multiplex  people  the  #5,000,  cash,  to  start  with. 

The  new  Orders?,  such  as  the  350  No.  4  Phonographs  fitted 
with  Bettini  (Attachments  I  have  done  nothing  with  yet,  as  the 
Bqttini  contract  is  not  yet  signed,  and  I  do  not  khow  where  the 
money  is  coming  from  to  pay  for  it,  as  nearly  the  whole  bill  for 
every  shipment  will  have  to  be  paid  f.o.h.  New  York,  but  do/ not 
become  uneasy  over  this,  as  I  may  arrahge  the  matter  extending  the 
time  of  payment,  and  again  Mr  Searles  may  improve  sufficiently  in 
a  few  days  to  talk  a  little  business. 

.  If  he  does  not  howevdr,  and  his  illness  should  last  any 
length  of  time,  you  should  arrange  the  money  so  that  I  $an  draw  it 
frbni  the  WAfc'tfern  National  Bank  dp6h  preasntaiidri  Of  Bills  of 
tading,  without  making  it  necessary  for  me  to  have  Mr  Carles 
approval  of  jthe  dp.pyments. 

In  fact  in  everything  that  ip  done,  if  Mr  Searles  is  not 
better  upon  arrival  of  thts  letter,  you  should  enable  me  to  «ar*y 
on  the  business,  as  Mr  Searles  consults  me  much  more  freely  and  tumye 
over  to  me  the  freight  matter, (  and  I  have-*had  the  'gettini  an$ 

Sress  matter  in  my  hands,  subject  to  his  final  approval,;*  a  a  I  have 
written  you*. 


Mr  Searles  has  had  entirely  too  much  business  upon  him, 
and  if  he  had  relinquished  a  good  deal  of  his  business  to  other 
people,  he  would  not  have  broken  down,  but  I  am  in  hopes  that  it 

will  not  ba  serious,  you  know  how  difficult  it  is  to  see  him  two 
thirds  of  the  time. 

Yours  very  truly, 



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New  York,  May  16th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

1  am  sending  you  by  this  mail  the  Sunday  Herald  of 
May  15th,  which  will  give  you  the  latest  news. 

I  sincerely  hope  this  war  will  soon  come  to  an  end,  al¬ 
though  as  far  as  our  shipments  are  concerned,  it  has  ndt  hurt  us 
much,  but  it  is  the  one  topic  of  conversation,  and  interest  every¬ 

It  does  seem  redioulous  that  civilized  people  should  not 
be  able  to  settle  all  differences  by  means  of  arbitration  and 
diplomacy,  when  a  yi ar  is  such  a  grave  matter  for  any  country,  and 
often  leads  to  such  yarious /serious  complications. 

Mr  Searies''was  taken  sick  on  Wednesday,  May  11th,  and  I 
have  kept  business  fr6m  btyn  sindd  then? 

May  17th.  Mr  Bearish  la  reported  to  be  a  good  deal  better  this 

morning,  but  he  ip  nbt  .able  -1;  r>  attj&nd  to  any  business  ,  except  in 
a  very  superficial  way,  he  however  sent  for  McChesney,  as  he  wanted 
to  see  him  about  something! 

I  think  that  McChesney  is  baaoming  his  confidential  man, 
but  in  regard  to:  ;our  Company,  I  do  not  pertrtiir  him  to  know  anything 
and  keep  him  at  a  distance*  if  I  did  anything  else,  he  would  come 
in  here,  and  own  the  plaee, 

I  do  not  know  how  much  Mr  Searles  may  tell  him  in  regard 
to  this  Company’s  affairs,  but  I  think  your  letters  of  oaution  have 
had  their  influence  in  keeping  MoOhesney  from  taking  any  active 
part  in  this  (Jonfpeijy,, 


part  in  thi8  Company,  aria  I  .do  not  think  he  goeB  but  to 
the  Works  now,  at  least  I  have  riot  heard  of  it. 

Referring  fro  your  letter  of  fey  7th,  we  note  that  you 
state  that  Hough  was  to  get  Wftplea  bf  thri  No.  2  Machines  at  a 
lower  pride  thpn.  vfpa  qubt$<|  *o  for  aSeaVieii. 

;J>ie  eeews  ppa.t  ^.xt^o/dii^ry,  and  I  will  have  a  talk 
wither  Rearles  -pb out  it,  jsojop  £}R  fry  i^  well  enohgh,  also  will 
talk  to  him  about  tj\e  Qbi-pagp  talking  Machine  Company  and  Prescott 

I  note  that  Mrs  Vjjlaptine-  has  written  to  Mrs  Moriarty 
that  she  has  not  reoeiVeii  kny  advises  from  the  Chatham  National  Bank 
regarding  the  Chebk  fbr  $300.  I-  deposited  there. 

I  am -not  eurfcttieea  at  ihitfy  as.  the  Check  was  deposited 
to  the  credit  of  vM^  ’-Vaientirif'iri  the.  same*  manner  as  any  person 
would  deposit  his  money,  it  t<f  Say  a  regular  deposit  slip  was 

made  out  and  ~the  chgek  ;y|th  the  deposit;  slip  handed  to  the  Receive 
ing  Clerk,  but  I  nbtifie4  Mrip  V^lkriUne-  that  the  deposit  had  been 
and  enclose  you  copy,  qf  my  letter.. 

If  she  will  send  her  Bank  book  to  the  Bank  they  will 
enter  it  up,  but  I  will  see  them  to-day  and  request  them  to  kindly 
notify  Mrs  Valentine,  pad  if  apy  more  deposits  are  made,  I  will  see 
that  she  is  notified  by  the  Bank. 

I  sincerely  hope  that  Mr  Searlee  will  endeavor  to  do 
something  that  will  be  op- lasting  good  to  the  Company  in  regard  to 
the  natters  mentioned  in  your  long  letter  to  Mr  Searlee  of  May  6th 

It  certainly  in  discouraging  when  we  have  an  enormous 
busihess  within  our  grasp  to  be  confronted  with  such  things  as  yon 
mention,  and  the  business  is  worth  extraordinary  efforts  on  the 
part  of  Mr  Searles  to  endeavor  to  protect  our  rights. 

Jfi/m  &<$mrU  ZkuiU/t 
C%//W  3  Ifoftk/ty,  lire 


&  T&Vlmitom  $ccivtciri/, 
Wn//<,v/r7//j, ~((/a  ,77m 

S.  F.  Moriarty,  Esq., 
London,  England. 
Dear  Sir!~ 


27  W  I  LLI  AM  STREET, 


We  enclose  a  copy  or  the  Agreements,  which  we  think  will 
be  passed  on  Monday  with  Gianni  Bettini. 

It  is  all  we  could  get,  but  when  a  Check  is  presented, 
we  intend  to  make  one  more  stand  for  the  option  of  60  days  to  in¬ 
clude  Duplicators  for  the  Countries  outside  of  Great  Britain  and 

Kindly  note  several  points,  namely, 

The  the  Agreement  can  be  terminated  in  six  months,  if  desired 
by  the  Company. 

The  the  money  paid  is  to  be  refunded,  if  the  Patents  are  not 
assigned  to  us. 

That  we  do  not  agree  absolutely  to  advertise  to  any  great 

That  the  last  clause  is  for  the  purpose  of  protecting  us  to 
some  extent. 

That  the  Colonies  have  been  included  with  Great  Britain. 

The  Agreements  were  drawn  up  by  Mr  Hughes,  under  the 

direetion  of  the  writer,  and  they  are  now  in  Mr  Searles  hands  for 


New  York,  May  20th,  1893. 

My  dear  Mr  Mori arty : -PERSONAL . 

I  went  over  to  see  Mr  Searles  this  morning,  as  advit 
he  was  in  bed,  and  looked  quite  pale  and  sick,  but  I  cannot  help 
feeling  that  ho  out  in  a  few  days,  or  a  week  at  the  most, 
if  he  lets  business  alone. 

I  do  not  think  there  is  anything  particularly  the  matter 
with  him,  except  a  general  break  down,  and  he  said  to  me  that  it 
was  due  to  the  worry  over  this  business,  etcl'i  bad 

He  had  promised  theFidelity  and  Deposit  Company  of 
Maryland,  that  he  would  give  them  on  May  1st,  a  statement  of  the 
Company’s  affairs,  and  was  in  hopeB  of  being  able  to  show  them  a 
"Clear  up",  of  the  Company's  indebtedness,  and  it  worries  him  that 
he  stands  in  the  light  of  not  keeping  his  word,  and  he  remarks 
something  to  the  effect  that  he  is  not  accustomed  to  that. 

I  showed  him  your  cable  of  May  20th,  and  he  thinks  the 
Company  will  never  get  the  money. 

This  is  the  frame  of  mind  he  is  in,  and  henyrorries  about 
these  things,  as  well  as  paying  additional  money  on  orders. 

Will  you  kindly  note  Iha^  I  am  writing  you  a  (Formal 
letter  in  regard  to  drawing  drafts  at  40  days  sight  at  the  request 
of  Mr  Searles  this  morning. 

We  have  not  yet  placed  your  order  for  350  clookmotor 
Phonographs  Type  4  with  Bettini  Attachment,  less  the  certain  parts 
which  are  not  required,  neither  have  we  placed  your  ordAr  for  5 

You  will  kindly  note  that  we  will  have  to  pay  $4,500  as 
soon  ,  or  rather  when  each  delivery  of  Multiplex  Phonographs  of  100 

14  . 

say  two  or  three  weeks,  therefore  if  the  order  for  Machines  with 
Bettini  Attachment  is  delivered,  or  even  a  part  of  it  withes’  short 
time,  it  will  be  quite  a  draft  upon  a  deposit  at  the  Western,  with 
the  withdrawals  for  the  weekly  shipments  from  the  Works,  1  suppose 
however  you  are  keeping  all  this  ip  hand. 

We  will  nod  oubt  order  the  Bettini  goods  this  week,  or 
a  part  of  them. 

Your  letters  of  May  10th  are  just  to  hand,  and  we  will 
reply  to  them  to-morrow,  possibly,  or  if  we  are  not  able  by  next 
mai  1 . 

Your 8  very  truly, 

2'  ?  J  / 

P.S.  Referring  to  my  letter  of  May  20th  in  regard  to  Drafts  of 

40  days  Sight,  Mr  Searlep  aayf  that  if  ariy  differences  arise  they 
can  be  left  fpr  settlement  afterwards. 

New  York,  May  20th.,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr ‘Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

Mr  Searles  called  ray  attention  to  ybur  letters  in  which 
you  refer  to  McChesney,  and  stated  that  McChesney  knows  nothing 
about  the  business,  therefore  unless  something  turns  up'please  let 
that  matter  rest-*  I  think  he  hail  been  called  off. 

1  regret  that  we  could  n$>t  gat  Pranea  4,n*B@ttini  optipn, 
an  inaistanoe  upon  that  Country  would  have  caused  a  great  fight  and 
probably  would  have  upset  the  Agreement. 

Wp  can  fight  fpr  it  later,  after  the  present  agreements 
are  Bigned. 


THe  Applications  will  be  made  for  patents  for  the  Duplie 
cators,  that  is  the  lmprpved  t ype^'anS'’will^k^i  independent  of 
Edison's  Duplicator'  in  Gre&t  Britain.  ' 

1  do  not  think  it  Win#  to  ifaeiition  the  subject  of  Dupli¬ 
cators  Edison  nt  present,  he  hae  one,  and  I  have  seen  it,  jnd 
we  will  try  and  get  it  when  tht  time  cornea,  I  will  give  you  the 
numbers  of  the  Grass  Patents  as  soon  as  I  can  get  them. 

Yours  very  truliy. 

ftan6>»t  37wimhi$ <S///A/»r.  & M/ftmaem  $rcnt«#y. 

$(r/i/w-  </.  7/fort'arfy,  7£t>  %fmti&n6  .Mtion/  SHrato*  t$nt/nv/iJ/A<7a/(/ci  fer-mrr- 

london,  England. 

Dear  Sir:* 

I  do  not  think  it  will  be  long  before  we  get  the  Patents 
for  the  Multiplex  Phonograph,  and  I  will  endeavor  to  send  you  the 
numbers  at  the  very  earliest  moment  possible. 

It  will  probably  be  some  little  time  before  Greaa  has  his 
little  Multiplex  Machine  ready,  but  I  think  it  will  be  a  great 
addition  to  our  variety  .nf  machines^.  and  I  cautioned  him  about 
making  application  for  fpr^ignt Parents  for  any  improvement. 

We  enclose  you  copy  of  letter,  just  this  moment  reoeived 
from  the  National  Phonograph  Company  in  regard  to  the  Edison  trade 
mark,  which  is  on  the  No.  2  machine,  but  as  soon  as  Mr  Searles  is 
well  enough,  I  will  see  what  we  oan  do  about  thie. 

Yours  very  truly, 

''^  7  6  /'  /  ( 


P.S.  This  "trade  Mark"  business  is  rddicalous,  if  anyone  has  ths? 
right  to  Edison1 8  name,  we  certainly  have,  and  I  will  try  and  mve 
a  letter  written  by  Mr  Searles  early  next  week 



Edison  Laboratory. 

Orange,  N.J. 

May  20th/l898j 

Edison  United  Phonograph  Co., 

G.  N.  Morisoij,  Epq.,  Sea. , 

27  -William  St.,  Nevr  York. 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  have  your  favor  of  the  18th,  Asking  *  to  fdrVard  you 
two  electrotypes  of  the  trade  mark  "Thopae  f.  Edi^a*.  I  brought 
this  matter  to  Mr  Edison's  attention,  and  he  abaoUtely  declines- to 
permit  the  use  of  his  W.  He  very  reluctantly  permitted  us  to 
use  his  name,  with  the  distiHdt  understehdin£  thatjitd  use  was  not 
to  be  assigned  to  anyone  els*,  even  our  agent  a.  We  regret  there¬ 
fore,  that  in  view  of  the  above  we  arerunpble  to  send  you  the 
electrotypes  asked  for. 

Yours  very  truly, 

».  B.  u«, 


tteridk*al  Mina^r, 

Jfe/tot'  <£>.'</cnt.  7&77lwl&Ont  <$ecrcto/n/. 

Sto/i/liM  Jt  7//f>nar/i/,  fcv  P,eM.„f,  SHerccto*  2$nt/m/t,M3utt/ci  J^eco 

Mr.  S.F.Moriarty 

London,  Enel and. 

Dear  Sir: 

.Mr.  Soarlos  ia  still  ill  at  home.  Your  letter.? have  been  sent 
to  him  and  ho  has  read  them  in  bod,  but  does  not  feel  strong  enough  to 
reply  to  them  in  detail. 

He  wishes  me  to  thank  you  for  the  encouraging  advices  sent  and  he 
will  take  pleasure  in  looking  over  the  statement  of  account  as  soon  as 
he  is  able  to  do  so. 

Mr.  Horison,  under  his  direction,  is  attending  to  all  the  detail 
of  the  business  and  says  that  everything  is  going  on  smoothly. 

Mr.  Searlcs  hopes  to  be  able  to  write  you  by  the  next  mail  more  in 

He  hopes  you  will  be  able  to  arrange  the  matter  of  the  £40,000  very 
soon  as  during  his  illness  he  has  been  importuned  by  the  Fidelity  Oo.  for 
the  promised  statement,  which  he  does  not  wish  to  make  until  this  remit¬ 
tance  has  been  entered  up. 

Yours  truly, 

New  York,  May  27th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Mori  arty: -PERSONAL. 

I  neglected  to  write  you  by  last  mall,  that  Mr  Searlee 
had  informed  me  that  he  direoted  a  friend  of  his.mor  a  man  with 
whom  lie  1b  acquainted  in  London,  and  whom  X  believe  he  expected  to 
sail  for  this  Country  within  a  week,  to  call  upo*  you,  and  request 
a  statement  of  account,  he  meant  the  account  relating  to  the  Edison 
Bell  affaire,;  this  man  is  a  lawyer  of  the  name  of  Giffin  or  Gifford 
or  Borne  such  name,  but  you  were  not  in  London  at  the  time  he  called 
consequently  he  did  not  see  you. 

Mr  Searlee  said  »o  me  that  he  thought  of  sending  someone 


y0U  ab0Ut  th8  maUer8’  and  8ueffsst ed  the  name  of  Mr  Annan, 
1  tSlked  hlm  out  of  1*»  and  thought  he  had  dropped  the  matter 
WvuV'  entirely.  dU' try 

I  enclose  a  little  flipping  announcing  the  ele’otion  of 

Theodore  Seligman  as  a  Director  in  the  Cramps  Shipbuilding  Company,. 
Doubtless  you  are  aware  that  Henry  Seligman  has  gone 


Mr  Strauss  called  at  our  office  this  morning  to  ascertain 
the  amount  of  the  holding  of  G.  E.  Gouraud  in  this  Company,  but  X 
declined  to  give  him  the  information. 

He  wanted  it  beoause  the  firm  had  an  inquiry  from  a 
customer  who  was  looking  up  the  standing  of  Gouraud,  as  well  ae 
the  amount  of  Stock  of  the  United  Company  owned  by  him,  with  a  viewl/' 
to  the  loaning  of  some  money  by  this  oustomer  to  Gouraud. 

&  <  *  ™  '' 

New  York,  May  27th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

Your  memorandum  giving  some  figures  in  relation  to  the 
payment  of  £120,000  by  the  'Edison-Bell  Consolidated  Phonograph 
Company,  Limited,  and  you4personal  letter  to  Mr  Searles  of  May  13th 
in  relation  to  the  Same  matter,  ig  duly  to  hand,  and  contents  noted. 

No  doubt  you  will  advise  us  when  jtou  ascertain  yourself 
how  much  actual  cash  and  stook  the  United  Company  will  rqceiwe  out 
of  the  transaction  as  soon  as  you  have  the  exact  data  yourself. 

Mr  Searles  has  not  yet  been  ab^e  to  discuss  these  figures 
but  he  is  more  Interested  in  the  sale  of  the  £40,000.  which  you 
advised  us  by  cable  your  lawyers  would  probably  arrange  this  week, 
the  delay  being  due  to  purely  technical  formalities. 

Yours  very  truly* 

£  / /  / /Ut  ,'<  <rn  ■  " 

New  York,  May  31st,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

I  am  duly  In  receipt  of  your  letter  of  May  20th,  and  copy 

of  your  letter  to  Mr  Searles  of  May  21st,  also  copy  of  report  of 

Riddell,  Vaizey  &  Smith,  dated  May  9th,  1898. 

I  renrat  that  any  No.  2  machines  should  have  arrived  on 

the  other  side  so  soon,  but  as  far  as  my  personal  observation  goes 

I  do  not  believe  it  is  possible  to  stop  machines  going  abroad 

from  this  Country,  through  such  firms  as  .T.  H.  Bunnell  &  Co,  as 

long  as  machines  are  sold  outright  by  the  National  Phonograph  Co., 

The  People  in  the  Phonograph  business  in  this  Country 

will  sell  to  anybody  that  wants  to  buy,  and  unless  the  foreign 

Company  protect  themselves  under  their  Patents,  and  meet  the  demand 

for  the  goods,  there  is  no  other  way  to  stop  it,  unless  sufficient 

power  was  exerted  with  Edison  and  the  Phonograph  Works  to  stop  the 

sale  entirely  through  the  National  Company,  which  does  not  seem  at 

all  likely  to  be  brought  about. 

Mr  Searles  may  have  written  you  that  he  cpuld  control 

Edison  or  the  Works,  but  I  have  always  doubted  thisf  and*  have^^BO^ 


expressed  myself,  and  if  you  have  any  positive  proof  of  any  absolute, 
wrong  doing  on  the  part  of  Edison  or  the  Works,  please  send  it  on 
at  once,  and  I  will  wndeavor  to  make  the  most  of  it. 

Mr  Searles  is  not  well  enough  yet  to  take  up  anything  of 
this  kind,  but  possibly  when  Mr  Gifford  sees  him  he  may  be  able  to 
say  something  of  a  convincing  character  to  Mr  Searles  that  will 

induce  him  to  put  the  matter  properly  before  Mr  'Edison. 

I  will  write  you  next  mail  in  regard  to  the  automatic 
machines,  it  is  not  an  easy  road  to  hoe  in  London,  and  I  appreciate 
it  fully,  and  spend  a  good  deal  of  time  and  thought  in  trying  to 

find  some  way  to  aid  you,  but  when  people  in  this  country  have 


learned  value  of  the  foreign  business,  they  will  resort  to  circu¬ 
lars  and  underquote  you  in  prices  or  anything  else  that  will  enable 
them  to  sell  a  machine. 

Yours  very  truly, 

New  York,  May  31st,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

In  reply  to  your  Personal  letter  of  May  21st,  in 
regard  to  Bettini,  we  did  understand  that  Patents  were  applied  fo<r 
when  Dickerson  was  a  factor  in  the  matter,  but  Bettini  has  had  a 
falling  out  with  Dickerson  on  account  of  a  big  bill  he  sent  him, 
which  he  claims  wasnot  right  owing  to  his  agreements  with  him  in 
connection  with  his  inventions,  so  that  present  dealings  are  solely 
with  Bettini,  and  he  claims  that  the  Duplicator  is  vastly  improved 
this  of  oourse  we  cannot  know  positively  until  you  see  one  of  them 
or  until  I  am  able  to  see  one  and  have  Bettini  explain  the  difference 

wMtr  &e  no^t^  tfc PW  * 

not  be  until  the  Agreement  is  signed,  the: 
around  it  without  paying  the  money. 

tAr£w"  #u- 

Bettini  shipped  some  of  his  Micro-Phonographs  to  Austr^.^*'1 

not  very  long  ago,  and  while  there  may  be  a  way  for  him  to  circum-  ■■ 

vent  the  present  agreement,  yet  we  can  make  it  troublesome  for  him 
to  ship  to  our  territory,  and  would  have  had  the  right  to  the  profi^j' 
on  that  shipment  to  Australia,  if  the  agreement  had  been  signed,  in 
fact  he  is  bound  to  turn  over  to  us  the  orders,  and  I  think  in  view 
of  our  agreement  with  the  'English  Company,  and  the  host  of  infringe/t-< 
that  we  have,  it  is  much  better  for  us  to  pay  the  $2,500.  and  have 
Bettini  under  contract,  than  to  let  him  do  as  he  pleases  without 
any  power  on  our  part  to  hold  him  up,  at  all  events  the  contract 
has  all  been  agreed  to,  and  I  will  try  to  send  you  the  corrected 

Yours  very  truly 

agreement  by 


mr/t/ww  J:  ?//mwrft/,  7<w  7Jnt>/tfi/<  jtitnhon/  cfttncfo* 

&  7l7//oM/?n',  dtamtary. 


S.  F.  Moriarty,  Esq., 
London,  England. 
Dear  Sir:- 



In  reply  to  your  favor  of  May  21st,  in  writing  out 
letter  to  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works  of  April  22nd,  1898  we  were 
guided  in  naming  the  countries  for  which  the  Edison  Bell  Consolidated 
Phonograph  Company,  Limited,  purchased  the  Patents,  by  the  Prospect^f. 
which  names  the  following  Countries:- 




And  the  Trade  Marks  for  CHINA  and  JAPAN. 

Our  letter  to  the  Works,  reads:- 


South  Africa. 

South  America. 


MfMi/nuft  Sf/oU///,  $  7&7?fort/i€HV  $« 

J^uuy&mOm'  3&m«h>k 

The  letter  just  received  from  you  ,  stateB  that  they  own 
all  the  World,  exclusive  of  the  United  States  of  America,  and 
Canada,  and  the  Continent  of  Europe* 

We  have  not  understood  that  the  Edison-Bell  Consolidated 
Phonograph  Company  have  acquired  the  Patents  for  Central  America, 
Mexico,  therefore  before  making  any  change  in  our  letter  to  the 
Edison  Phonograph  Works,  we  wi;&  av/ait  your  advices,  as  there 
is  no  necessity  for  writing  them  immediately. 

Yours  very  trul'y. 


London,  England. 
Dear  Sir!- 


In  reply  to  your  favor  of  May  18th,  we  took  you^pable  to 


mean  electrotypes,  and  we  will  endeavor  to  send  you^anyhow,  but 
in  relation  to  the  Trade  Mark  documents,  which  we  see  by  your  letter 
you  meant,  we  do  not  know  whether  Edison  has  applied  for  these  in 
foreign  Countries,  and  if  we  obtain  them,  we  would  have  to  pay  the 

I  believe  our  Trade  Mrak  for  practically  all  the  World 
cost^  about  $}.,300.  but  I  have  no  doubt  that  this  particular  Trade 
Mark  would  be  of  service  to  you  in  protecting  our  rights,  and  when 
I  saw  Mr  Searles  on  Saturday,  May  28th,  I  told  him  that  I  would 
write  him  a  letter,  which  he  could  sent?. to  Mr  Edison,  and  tfiich  he 
could  modify  if  he  cho^pe,  but  I  then  understood  that  you  wanted 
only  the  electrotypes,  but  i.yeur  letter  just  received  is  in  time 
to  enable  me  to  give  the  exact  facts  to  Mr  Searles. 

Yours  very  truly, 


l/usu/aakyz/- 1 




■•'fs/etj/fifa&UMs  eS  ; 

S.  74v.>tr/ent  J^errueMJ^  (§t/Mem<  &  T/eWlemtUrn/,  Secretory. 

$t</</w»t,£Jnmh*ty,7fto1SU,>&Mt,  Mto>ry  G&rcctoc'  .fc,M»reK 

S.  F.  Mori  arty,  Esq., 

London,  England . 

Dear  Sir:- 

Referring  to  your  Order  for  Type  No.  5  Phonographs, 
Multiplex  pattern,  it  will  be  simply  impossible  for  us  to  ship  any 
of  these  goods  until  after  the  11th  of  June,  but  after  that  date 
they  will  come  ilong  very  rapidly. 

We  suggest  that  you  kindly  notify  the  Edison  Bell 
Consolidated  Phonogrtph  Company,  Limited,  that  in  order  to  perfect 
the  se  machines  in  several  important  details,  the  work  has  been 
somewhat  delayed,  but  the  improvements  made  will  much  more  than 
compensate  you  for  any  delay. 

The  model  Multiplex  that  you  have  in  London,  X  have  no 
doubt  you  have  noticed  is  liable  sometimes  to  hitch  a  little,  and 
not  work  perfectly  in  the  revolving  of  the  cylinders,  this  defect 
has  been  entirely  and  permanently  overcome. 

Mr  Grass  has  also  perfected  some  other  details  in  t  he 
construction  of  the  machine,  which  make  it  a  much  more  perfect™ 

While  we  might  hurry  the  cabinet  makers,  and  ship  a  few 

Jo/:>pS.<icevr&A  j&eur/tme  <U*m  cW^v/ 

$te/i/mi/* '/■  7/6m#rty,  %Sa  7?m, >/**/<  Mmiory  SSmsefaf  7$ttt/im/i/7//«7it(t/i:i  JSnautt 

of  these  goods  a  little  earlier,  yet  we  do  not  want  to  run  the  risk 
of  sending  unseasoned  cabinets,  and  we  have  no  doubt  that  you  will 
see  to  it,  that  we  do  not  run  the  risk  of  any  penalty  in  view  of 
the  care  we  are  insisting  upon  in  turning  out  these  goods  to  per¬ 

Yours  very  truly, 

®irx8jcm  ^jcrasje  (IB) 
^ExrrtljrcmirjerlEnir  %<n&mx&, 

3nd  June  T89S. 

Dear  Mr  Moria-  ty , 

I  receievd  your  letter  thiaan,  morning,  and  have 
no  mail  to  anoloae  you  which  i8  rather  surprising  being  vhursddy. 

Mr  Ward  iias  not"  been  here  all'  day  so  I  have  not  opened  your  room 
at  all,  and  will  not  do  so  until  Mr  Ward  again  asks  for  the  key.  I 
will  see  to  it  that  nothSng  is  removed  from  your  room  until  you  return. 

I  have  today  tent  off  the  following  cable  which  I  have  coded  .into 
7  words  as  foolows:- 

"Believo  I  «  n  arrange  advance  next  week  machine  account  which 

"will  be  ssdi  sfaotory  " 

I  have  again  spo&n  to  Mr  Pratt  about  tie  Columbia  Phonograph  Co: 
Aglnt  in  the  north,  and  he  informs  me  tilt  he  iB  going  up  personally 
thero  to-morrow  aid  will  report  to  me  the  result  *f  his  visit,  which 
I  will  in  turn  repdrt  to  you  if  you  are  stall  away  when  he  returns. 

Then®  is  nothing  speoial  to  report  f*-day,  expect  that  «disonia  v 
have  actually  opened  ah  their  place  in  the  Strand.  They  price  their 
No:  3  phono:  at  £9-9-0  complete  inclmdiijg  8  "records"  a£>3  blanks,  ■ 
funnel, speaking  and  hearing  tube^  and  indeed  complete  outfit  for  tint 
price.  They  haw e  a  large  stock  at  the  Stmnd  office,  and  a/.pe*  to  bfc 
doing  a  good  business.  Anyway  the  shop  is  a  gre*  attraction,  as 
pt  the  people  who  pi  ss  look  in  at  the  window,  and  appear  to  be  interest; 
-ed  inh  the  goods  shown*.  .. 

There  is  nothing  else  I  can  think  of  to  write  about  to-day,  but  i 
that  the  weather  is  still  unsettled  and  is  raining  heavily  as  I  write. 

Dear  Mr  Moriarty, 

®irx»0n  glass'  (§8)  • 
^Exrrtljxxmlrjerlanir  %(a&mx&, 

Wa  nirxm, 

Srd  Juna  I898» 

I  have  not  heard  from  you  to-day  as  I  was  led  to 
believe  from  Mr  Brossa  that  you  were  sending  me  instructions  f«r  a 
letter  to  be  suit  to  New-York,  but  there  is  time  yet  to  receive  it  by 
to-morrow  to  forward  by  the  outgoi ng  miil  -  the  CAMPANIA. 

Mr  Ward  has  not  asked  to.  go  into  your  room  yet,  and  th4  key  has 
not  been  used,  but*  I  will  use  my  discretion  in  the  matter  when  he 

wants  to  go  into  the  room. 

I  enclose  you  copy  of  a  letter  received  to-day  from  the  Edison 
Bell  Con;  Co:  I  do  not  know  if  you  agree  with  the  suggestions  therein 
contained,  but  I  give  you  herewith  two  cable  oodo  words ,‘*wh?ch  please 
use  to-morrow  morning  to  me  and  I  will  quite  understand  from  the  word 
you  send  whit  do  do  in  the  met  ter.- 

DEMOCRACY.  Send  copy  of  Edison-Bell  Co*s  letter  to  New-York 

with  instructions  that  the  suggestions  therein 
contained  are  to  be  carried  out  to  the  letter. 

DEMOLISHED.  Do  not^s end  copy  of  EdiBon-Bell  Go's  letter  to  New- 

If  you  cable  the  first  word  I  wilL  understand  md  carry  out  the.  necessa 
instructions  without  delay,  and  get  this  letter  over  to  New-Yor7^~ 
good  time  for  them  to  adopt  the  suggestions  in  the  following  shunts; 
but  if  on  the  other  hand  I  get  thei other  word  •DEMOLISHED"  I  will  d» 
nothing  in  the  matter  pending  your  return. 

Mr  Pratt  is  very  anxious  to  know  if  there  has  been  a  shipment  of 

~ 1  told  — - — -  -  - 

Mr  Pratt  leaves  for  the  north  to-night,  but  will  be  back  at  the 
beginning  of  the  week. 

I  had  a  call  to-day  from  Mr  Pringle  whom  you  may  remember  you 
sold  a  16  cylinder  spring  motor  phono:  for  use  in  South  Africa  in 
Ootober  last  year  for  £42-10-0.  Mr- Pringle  has  just  come  bach  from 
South  Africa,  and  he  says  that  when  he  got  out  there  he  found  he 
could  buy  tie  same  identical  machine  that  he  had  for  £15  less  than 
ho  paid  for  it  hare*  I  told  him  he- must  hare  boon  mistaken  in  the 
machine  and  that  it  was  a  cheaper  kind  he  saw,  but  he  said  he  took  hi 
own  machine  to  the  shop  in  Capo  Town,  and  examined  it  with  the  other 
in  over  y  detail,  and  found  it  was  the  same.  Besides  he  said  he  paid 
£4  duty  before  tie  machine  was  allowed  to  enter  Cape  Colony,  so  that 
he  considers  he  paid  dearly  for  his  machine.  Of  course  I  told  him  th 
these  people  in  Cape  Colony  were  absolute  infringers  that  they  had  n 
right  to  exploit  the  machines  there;,  but  Mr  Pringle  replied  that 
might  bo  so,  but  they  neverlheless  had  large  establishments  out  ther 
and  had  a  stock  of  all  kinds  of  machines  to  choose  from.  He  showed 
me  a  letter  to  his  London  firm  from  us  sometime  ago  offering  to 
replace  tho  defective  "records*  which  he  said  he  had  for  others. 

He  brought  back  these  *rooords*  and  I  msut  say  they  were  very  poor 
indeed,  and  as  he  is  returning  back  to  South  Africa  by  to-morrows 
steamer  I  have  exchanged  these  records  for  him,  which  I  trust  iB  in 
order,  as  I- had  no  time  to  communicate  with  you,  so  had  to  act  on  my 
own  initiative.  He  said  that  you  offered  him  10#  on  any  sales  of 
phonos:  he  made  in  So:  Africa,  but- as  he  said  thay  can  be  got  at  £15 
less  out  there  than  ho  paid,  and  free  of  duty,  that  is  tla  reason  ha 
made  no  sales,  or  attempted  to  make  amy,  and  he  wished  me  to  report 
this  to  you.  '  .  • 

Thera  is  nothing  else  to  write  about  to-day.  The  weather  has  at 
last  taken  a  change*  for  the  better  and  I  hope  it  will  keep  fine  now 

^ &rt&£x>e.  oyfiy 


Translated  from  t. he  Gentian. 

C  0  1  o  G  3  R.  26th  May  1393. 

The  Rdisoi  united  Phonograph  Co: 
c/o  S.  R.  Moriarty,  Rsq, 

L  0  W  D  0  M. 

Dear  Siva, 

'■Ve  bog  to  hand  you  enclosed  a  report  on  the  past 
financial  year  (already  sent)  and  also  a  copy  of  the  Balance  .Sheet 
passed  in  the  meeting  of  the  Board  of  the  gist  of  May.  It  closes 
wtth  a  profit  balance  of  .39474. 41  Marks,  which,  as  proposed,  had 
to  be  used  for  writ  log  off. 

Referring  to  the  annexed  report  we  b  sg  to  invite  yen'  in 
accordance  with  Article  00  of  the  Company's  Act,  to  attend  the  ' 
General  Meeting  to  be  held  on  Saturday  the  11th  of  .Time. 

The  agenda  is  as  follows: 

Submitting  the  Balance  sheets  for  1896  and  1897  passed 
by  the  Board,  with  profit  and  loss  account,  and  granting  a  dis¬ 
charge  to  the  Managing  Directors. 

T--f  you  do  not  intend  being  present  at  the  meeting  we"  ' 
request  you  to  return  us  the  annexed  form  of  proxy  duly  signed 

as  soon  as  possible. 

We  are.  Dear  Sirs,  Yours  faithfully, 

Deutsche  Edison  Phonographon  Cos  ells  chaff,'  " 
(Signed)  Ludwig  Stollwerck. 


Tranal  at.  ert  from  th  e  Gore 


or  the  ■ 


exceedingly  regret.  being  unable  to  give-  a  favourable 
fbjihvt,  fn r  the  past  financial  year  any  more  than  for  the  former.' 

nur  efforts  to  introduce  the  phonographs  as  a  means  of  enter¬ 
tainment  and  in  the  commercial  world  as  a  substitute  for  the' short, 
hand-writer  have  almost  completely  failed  during  the  past  year  as 
before,  as  we  only  succeeded  in  selling  altogether  87  Phonographs 
for  these  purposes,  and  further  184  as  Phonograph  automatic 
machines.  The  business  result  is  shown  by  tile  annexed  balance- 
sheet  and  amounts  to  this  that  we  had  altogether  a  gross  profit,  „** 
M.  68868.50,  M.  .18400  ;  while  the  expenses  amounted  to  M.  47794.07 
The  net,  profit,  thus  remaining  of  H.  8,1074. 41.  M.  18400  how:ev9r  had 
to  he  employed  for  writing  off  on  the  license  and  preliminary 

expenses  account,  and' on  the  Phonographic  automatic  machines,  . 

ejected"  on  hire,  accumulators  and  on  the  inventory  an d'  p  rint ed  "" 
matter,  so  as  to  leave  only  a  small  balance  of  118.41  Marks  which, 
according  to  a  resolution  of  the  Board  was  employed  towards  -educ¬ 
ing  the- patent  account.  The  unfavourable  result  is  attributable' 
to  the  following  facts. 



U.)  .barge  quantities  of  phonographs  are  constantly  being  sent  on 
to  Bemhiy  from  America  by  the  holders  of  the  American  patents  of 
the  Phonograph  invention.  We  have  taken  legal  pro¬ 
ceedings  against.  the  two  principal  importers  and  in  December  lest 
obtained  judgments  in  ouv  favour  in  the  Court  of  t,  he  First, 

Tris't'aribe.'  But  V 

itrary  to  our  expectation  the  Public  Prbsecutoi 

declines  r,0  proceed  against  these  importers  as  he  wishes  to'  await, 
the"  Judgment  of  the  Court  of  the  Second  Tns  tance.  '  Unfortunately 
the  firm's  who  are  concerned  in  the  infringement  of  our  Patents 
are  riot,  situated  so  as  to  be  able  to  indemnify  us  for  the  damage 
caused  and  for  these  reasons  there  is  unfortunately  no  hopes  of 
obtaining  any  damages  to'  compensate  us  for  the  prejudice  actually 
persons  who  have  imported  and  sold  thousands 

ed  f  rnt) 

of  Phonographs  from  America  at  low  prices.' 

Tt  became  therefore  necessary  for  us  to  negotiate  with  the 
Rdison  United  Company  with  a  view  to  altering  our  agreement  as 
regards  the  stipulations  concerning  the  license.  The  sh areholder's 
are  ware  we  pay  for  each  phonograph  set  to  work  a  royalty  of 
10°  Marks,  and  it  is  evident  that  on  this  account  the  sale  of 
Phonographs  at  a  manufacture  ’  s  price  of  30,50  arid  80  .Mark's  i.s 
simply  impossible  for  us  all  the  more  so  as  the  phonograph  busi¬ 

ness  is  now  being  taken  .in  hand  by  several  factories  in  Pr 
and  Austria  and  business  is  made  almost  impossible  for  us 
account.'  of  the  refusal  of  the  Public  Prosecutor  to  a 

if  ford 


The  n  >.;ot  wions  n  V>f  t  h«*  vice  Chairman  or  the  Mhon  tinted 
Phon-v  ’'Hph  Onn].sny,  '>  dt-phon  Moriurty,  hws  unfortunat  d.y  not 
boon  n* yon  led  by  success  ns  this  gentleman  insists  on  our  onn- 
timiinc  in  jmy  royalty,  no  -j  vUi.  only  reduce’  it  from  Ion  to'  ftg 
'U,rk,t  Vf  ^  W  bin  inn, non  Marks  on  account  thereof,  <wm  \n  oast 
Aocm-Unr  to  the  size  of  the  apparatus  the  royalty  is  PA  to 
mo  in-  cent,  of  the  factory  price,  hence  thorn  would  be  but  a 
a Vight  -improvement,  of  our  situation.' 

'Mt  Sin  are  still  continuing  our  negotiations,  and  believ, 
th-.t  tf  »o  are  in  a  position  to  offer  phonographs  at  low  p  I’ines, 

.  that  U  to  say  without  royalty,  we  shall  then  to  able  to  do  the 
wholesale  business  which  w'o  have  always  had  in  view.  T!  is 
asserted  that  factories  exist  in  America  which  produce  daily  over 
500  Phonograph,  at  a  price  of  from  30  to  ion  Marks.  Moreover  the 
principal  importer,  Mr  Wilhelm  Gahre,  with  whom  we  have  been  in  ' 
litigation  since  February  1S96,  himself  admits  that  since  this 
time  "h  e  h  as  impo  rted  over  2,  500  Phonograms  from  America,' -and  sold 
then  with  a  shod' profit.  "Our  sale,  however,  as  already  stated, 

only  amounts  to ''SSI  machines.  .  .  .. 

Tn  view  of  this  situation  and  of  the  fact  that  a  definite 
l"''f5,V1"  **•  "»"■">  ‘~»M»  »«  *«U  t.M.M  tor  ,d„o 

*****  "  *  “•  »'■"•«"•*  C«m  hM  n<m 

for  the  next  few  days,  the  Board,  after  a 

consultation  with  the" 


unA*)i»« ignort  -managing  sh  areho.lders,  has  decided  t,0  abstain  for  the 
present  Jrw  proposing  a  res  olut  ion  an  to  th>;'modn  or  carrying  on 
th‘3  bn»  Irenes  in  future.  We  shall,  on  the  contrary,  continue  to 
endeavour  to  get,  t.ho  agreement  with  the  ISrlL  son  United  Company 
altered,  and  shill  then  call  an  B<t naordinary  Genera],  Meeting. 

Meanwhile  we  venture,  in  connection  with  the  bal’ sec  e-sheets 
annexed  herewith,  and  vrHi  ch  h»e  b  on  passed  by  Wo'  lonyd,  to 
express  the  hope  that  the  impend  ing  Genera]..  Meeting  on  Gs  turdny 
the  1'lth  of  .Tune,  will  give  its  sanction  in  writ  ing  to  these 
proposal's 'or  the  Hoard. 


Tran.sJ.  at,  -id'  from  ft  1 



We  hereby  authorise  Mr 
■in  the  General  Mae  tins  of  the  Deutsche 
Gese.Usehaft  to  be  held  on  t  ho  Uth  of 
la" a. I  lmv/er. 

Dai  a 



Edison  Phonn£rai>hen 
.Tune,  'with  fu.U 



Copy  Le  t  ter. 

Edi  3on  House,  W.C, 
2nd  .Tune,  1898. 

The  .Edison  United  Phonograph  Co: 

Horthumb  er  land  Avenue,  'V.C. 

Dean  Blrs, 

'!!\XX  you  kindly  ask  your  XV  lends  on.  the  o  the*  side  if 
they  will  he  good  enough  to  make  out  future  Bills  of  Lading  in 
tlie  name  of  this  Company?. 

The  shipment  now  in  London  has  been  delayed  through  this 
not  being  done,  and  through  Bills  of  Lading  arriving  after  the 
ship  (concerning  which  we  shall  be  glad  if  you  will  write);  and 
the  consignment  would  have  been  under  heavy  charges  had  not  the 
signoe  hereof  managed  to  get  these  suspended  by  personal  arrange- 
m  era . 

We  should  also  like  to  point  out.  to  you  that  under 
existing  Policy  of  Insurance  for  £5,000  we  shall. not  be  able  to 
recover  unless  goods  are  packed  in  tin  lined  cases,  which  was  not. 
done  with  the  first  lot. 

I  an  further  requested  by  my  Directors  to  ask  if  you 
will  cable,  for  reply  by  the  same  source,  asking  if  and  by  what, 
st  can  hr  the  250  Automatic  machines  due  for  shipment  under  penalty 
on  May  the  34th  last  left. 




W,nnt.  tnue<t  > 

Thanking  you  in  am,  toil, at  ion  of  your  a  u.  ant  ion. 
Yours  faith. Cully, 

Eor  the  Erli  son-Be.U  Consolidator!  Phonograph  co 
P.  ’.V.  Pratt , 

General  Manager. 

BttM&ut,  JfimttMjtf  tSeHtorh  &  <Sm>nUmn/. 

$(t/>/m*  k  7.W,  V™, /,,,/<  .atfi*e,y  SU*w  Wnt/>r»/,MJ,Ut«  ,Tm, 

27  W  I  LLI  AM  STREET, 


S.  F.  Moriarty,  Esq., 

Herndon,  England. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Attaohed  to  the  Agreement  with  G.  Bettini,  sent  you  under 
separate  cover,  is  one  of  his  late  price-lists,  and  I  do  not  know 
whether  you  can  make  use  of  any  of  these  at  all,  but  we  have  been 
obliged  to  take  a  few,  and  will  send  them  to  you  probably  next  week. 

There  is  no  doubt  that  this  man  has  made  a  certain  kindl 
of  reputation  for  his  Records  and  things,  and  they  sell  because 
they  are  becoming  known  a6  Bettini  Records,  therefore  hot  withstanl 
ing  the  fact  that  you  do  mot  consider  it  good  policy  to  make 
prominent  in  any  way  Bettini* s  goods  yet  it  seems  to  ms  that  it 
is  no  disadvantage  to  be  able  to  fill  orders  for  such  goods,  if 
they  are  positively  demanded  by  the  customeryof  the  Englidi  Company 
but  it  is  not  worth  while  for  me  to  expatiate  on  this  subject,  as 
there  is  nothing  in  this  business  that  you  are  not  oonversant  with. 

Yours  very  truly, 

June  4th,  1898.  MYJ 


Mwidwt  SAm  r4Wfe/y 

Sfc/i/wHr  77  77/hrthr/i/,  7m>  Brniimt,  .Mri  or;/  SHneton  M&nX/in>/tJ7f>77titt/ei  JrrnMMK 


S.  F.  Moriarty,  Esq., 
London,  England. 
Dear  Sir!- 


Referring  to  your  letter  of  May  18th,  relating  to  Trade 
Mark,  I  have  written  a  letter  to  Mr  Edison,  dated  June  3rd,  a  copy 
of  which  I  enclose,-  and  will  forward  you  a  copy  of  the  reply  when 
it  is  received. 

I  took  the  letter  over  to  Mr  Searles  yesterday,  and 
requested  him  to  sign,  which  he  did. 

As  X  have  already  sent  you  a  copy  of  the  letter  from  the 
National  Phonograph  Company,  dated  May  20th,  I  will  not  enclose 

Yours  very  truly, 



jfc/w&$ca<rtei.  Pmi'/tuf. 

(&tr/t/u>M.'  fl/marty,  /gnufa,,. 

Srnm^  fa/tirm 

.p/t/v{.U>r//  ty/rrrf/iK 

&  Mfifomoni  dteen&uy. 


*"**•*•  Ed'son‘  ■■Q.,  President.  <Z> 
Edison  Phonograph  Works, 

Orange,  N.  ,T. 


>,  June  ;•  3rd/  1898.  /0t9._ 

Dear  Sir:- 

»e  »»t»  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works,  Bap  lath,  1898 

”TOSt‘”S  **”"  *°  »“>  «  «  .leotrotpp.  of  .he  T„d.  mrk 

“  °f  "Th0""  A'  “*>»"•  *->*».  °»  «h.  S.Md.rd  Pho„o. 

graphs,  .«  ..  received  a  ,W  th.  National  Phonograph  Cocp.n 
a  copy  of  which  we  enclose. 

Onr  contracts  are  with  you,  and  the  Edison  Phonograph 
Works,  and  give  us  the  right  to  all  Patents  and  good-will,  and  we 
are  entitled  to  use  your  name  on  our  printed  matter,  and  employ 
your  name  in  the  introduction  of  our  machines;  furthermore  our 
Agreeme nt  with  you,  dated  March  11th,  1S90,  Clause  8,  provides  that 
our  Company,  as  well  as  4u*  other  Companies  as  we  may  organize, 
shall  in  their  title  include  the  name  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  there¬ 
fore  we  are  entitled  to  the  use  of  your  Trade  Mark,  the  deprivation 
•Of  Which  Whuld  be  an  injury  to  our  business. 

We  may  add  that  this  Mark  is  advertised  and  ^de  a  prominent 
feature  of  the  printed  matter  of  the  National  Phonograph  Company, 
distributed  broadcast,  and  our  foreign  friends  will  naturally  and 
justly  criticise  and  demand  from  us  an  explanation  if  we  do  not 


Jb/iM  S.  Se/tr/a), 

$le/i/wtts  J/t  77/mar/l/,  7m:  Matr/eu/t 

,PSf/nMvy  0)metmr 

&  dteenfan/. 

WAt/w/tJ/L’M/n  ,77„„ 


supply  them  with  at  least 

such  aids  and  advantages  as  are  enjoyed 

by  the  Company  in  America. 

Will  you  kindly  advd'se  us  whether  you  have  taken  out 
Trade  Mark  papers  in  foreign  countries  for  ihis  Trade  Mark. 
Awaiting  the  favor  of  your  prompt  reply. 

Your 8  very  truly, 

(Signed.)  JnO.  E.  Searles. 


New  York,  Kune  6th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

I  note  what  you  say  in  your  Personal  letter  to  me  of 
May  27th  about  the  Phonograph  Works  shipping  machines  to  London 
for  account  of  the  National  Phonograph  Company,  this  is  most  out¬ 
rageous,  and  if  Mr  Searles  was  only  here  to-day,  I  would  make  the 
biggest  kind  of  fuss  about  it,  and  I  sincerely  hope  he  will  be  able 
to  attend  to  some  business  dn  the  course  of  a  week. 

Of  course  I  could  write  about, ^ but  that  is  not  sufficient 
and  if  Mr  Searles  has  any  influence  whatever  in  that  direction,  I 
want  him  to  use  it,  and  I  shall  do  my  best  to' see  that  something  is 
done  as  soon  as  he  gets  to  New  York. 

I  want  to  give  you  an  idea  of  how  our  goods  are  shipped 
so  that  with  what  information  you  gather,  you  will  be  able  to  form 
some  opinion  as  to  whether  the  lot  or  rather  the  two  lots  for  the' 
National  Company  of  100  each,  were  shipped  by  the  same  conveyance. 

C&d  &-ts C'W. 

As  X  have  writtenyou  the  contract  for  the  shipment  of  our  10,000. 
was  made  by  the  Wells  Fargo  &  Co’s  express,  whose  cars  runs  into 
the  Phonograph  Works. 

The  contract  was  made  with  the  Phonograph  Works,  and  in¬ 
cluded  all  of  the  10,000  No.  2  Phonographs,  so  that  when  they  mak'b 
a  shipment  for  us,  they  are  rackdd^and  taken  to  Hoboken  and  there 
loaded  on  a  barge  and  taken  to  the  dock  of  the  Wilson  Lfine,  so  that 
if  the  National  Company  are  shipping  abroad,  it  is  more  than  likely 
that  they  would  ava$>l  themselves  of  theis  contract  in  orderto 


obtain  the  advantage,  and  I  have  just  sent  over  to  Wells  Fargo  to 
have  the  above  view  of  the  manner  of  shipment  verified,  and  they 
seem  so  reluctant  to  give  any  information  about  it  that  it  makes  me 
suspeet  that  the  National  Company  are  availing  themselves  of  our 
contract  to  get  cheap  freight  rates  to  Europe^  but  I  may  be  able 
to  obtain  something  definite  to-morrow. 

June  7th,  P.M.  I  have  just  learned  that  the  Rail-road  which  carrifi/ 
all  the  goods  for  Wells  Faigo  &  Co,  is  the  New  York  Lake  Erie  & 
Western,  and  as  their  tracks  go  right  into  the  Works  as  stated,  it 
looks  pretty  conclusive  that  the  National  Company’s  goods 
shipped  right  in  the  car  with  ours,  but  in  order  to  be  perfectly 
certain,  I  will  endeavor  to  watch  the  unloading  of  the  next  ship¬ 
ment  from  Orange,  and  will  send  a  man  to  Hoboken  for  the  purpose, 
so  that  if  any  illegal  goods  are  in  the  car  that  will  demonstrate 
how  the  others  were  shipped,  but  to  make  sure  you  had  better  wait 
for  my  next  letter. 

I  am  sending  you  by  this  mail  a  set  of  the  late  circulars 
and  price-lists  of  the  Graphophone  Company. 

They  are  doing  a  rushing  business  on  Broadway  &  Liberty 
Street,  and  men  walk  out  of  the  place  with  little  Graphophones  in 
thbir  hand 8,  as  if  they  had  just  bought  them. 

They  have  ten  or  fifteen  women  employed  there,  and  a 
number  of  men. 

Yours  very  truly. 

( 7(yu/ed;^^ 


jjiBs_7_th,_is.9.a._  _ 

S.  F.  Moriarty,  Esq., 

London,  England. 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  desSre  to  call  your  attention  to  the  quotation  for 
Edison  RecordB  of  50  cents  less  60#  each,  f.o.b.  Orange,  but  in 
order  to  get  this  price,  it  is  necessary  to  place  an  order  for 

Since  v/riting  you  by  last  ijiail  we  have  seen  Bettini  and 
wecan  get  from  him  any  of  the  recordB  which  are  listfttfby  him  at 
$1.50  for  50  cents  for  this  particular  order  of  60  only,  so  that 
we  think  we  shall  ship  you  these  as  the  quantity  is  not  large,  and 
you  will  have  an  opportunity  of  judging  of  the  character  of  his  low 

Please  do  not  consider  this  however  as  a  precedent  for 
future  orders  for  his  Records,  as  the  contract  price  is  50  %  off, 
but  in  this  order  he  has  promised  to  pick  out  a  number  of  original 
Records,  althou^i  the  majority  will  probably  be  duplicates,  but  he 
evinces  a  disposition  to  try  to  oblige  us,  or  at  least  meet  our 

We  will  send  you  a  sample  of  every  new  thing  that  Bettini 
gets  out,  and  we  enclose  three  circulars  handed  w  +>i  s  "V'rning. 

$fo/t/rnt>  3: 7///?r/hrfl/.  Jm  HHtatf/euA  .p/rfriion/  Slt'ncUK  Whit/m/i'T/ijuttiet  3m, 


We  will  ship  you  one  of  the  speed  indicators,  so  that  you 
will  be  able  to  Judge, as  to  whether  it  is  worth  anything-. 

When  I  was  at  Bettini  office  this  morning,  1  saw  a  bill 
from  Dickerson  to  Bettini  for  §125.  One  hundred  dollars  of  this  was 
for  making  application  for  the  British  Patents  on  the  Duplicator,  q 
^you  see  there  has  been  no  time  lost  in  making  the  application. 

Kifadly  note  that  Bettini  has  made  friends  again  wi th 
Dickerson,  or  rather  Dickerson  with  Bettini,  because  Dickerson  went 

to  see  him,  and  they  settled  their  differences  in  dispute. 

Mr  Giimore  said  to  me  over  the  telephone  yesterday  that 

he  could  not  put  the  name  of  the  Edison-Bell  Consolidated  Phono¬ 
graph  Company,  Limited  on  the  Speaker,  as  the  name  was  too  long,  & 
and  he  objected  in  such  a  way,  as  to  make  me  feel  at  the  moment 
that  he  would  be  very  glad  to  get  out  of  it,  but  I  told  him  I  would 
abbreviate  the  name,  and  write  him,  so  I  have  sent  him  the  name  as 
's.  B.  Con.  Phono.  Co.  Id. 

it  in 

I  think  he  will  be  able  to  get  this  on,  and  if  he 
'here  may  be  a  small  cost  for  it,  but  I  will  know  more  about 
l  few  days,  and  will  write  you,  'l/Ctm- 

J/&/t7li/  $.  7?r<<uV/t>t/A  i  JTt/Hiftf.ijS/ 1 &  7%7?t0MA0ft4  $wc/u,n/. 

4tc/i/wu^l  ?//0^  M>fort,@irecfox  7$*d/tr*/t,7/A&U/*  jfe* 


S.  P.  Moriarty,  Esq. , 

London,  England. 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  have  an  inquiry  from  Mitsui  &  Company,  445  &  447 
Broome  St.,  New  York,  for  Records,  Blanks,  Graphophones,  etc,  for 
export  to  Japan. 

It  is  some  trouble  for  us  to  know  how  to  answer  such  a 
letter  as  this,  because  we  know  from  experience  that  if  we  refuse 
to  quote  price 8  that  they  will  procure  the  goods  elsewhere. 

If  on  the  contrary  we  should  be  able  to  quote  prices  at 
the  listscirculated  here,  they  would  probably  not  accord  with  the 
selling  prices  of  the  Edison  Bell  Consolidated  Phonograph  Company, 
Limited,  therefore  we  would  like  to  know  your  wishes  in  the  matter, 
in  order  that  we  may  be  governed  in  regard  to  further  inquiries 

from  Commission  Houses  in  Hew  York.We  have  referred  Mitsui  &  Co. 
to  the  E.B. Con. Phono. Co. Ltd. 

We  have  also  an  inquiry  from  a  Large  firm  here.  Mess. 

Manning  Maxwell  &  Moore,  Machinists  for  prices  and  discounts  on 
Phonographs  and  Supplies  for  shipment  to  Vienna,  Austria,  but  we 
shall  reply  to  this  inquiry,  and  refer  their  correspondent  to  you, 
although  they  may  do  as  all  the  others  have  done  heretofore,  obtain 
son's  uptown  store  or 

id  prii 

fron)  Edii 

the  Graphophone  people. 

S'  Pmu't/on/i 

xp/rfvtllory  Gfiirecfor' 

&  7779/ore4om  <$*vi 




S.  F,  Moriarty,  Esq., 

London,  England. 

Dear  Sir:~ 

We  have  asceetained  that  the  cars  of  the  New  York,  Lake 
Erie  &  Western,  or  rather  the  Erie  Railroad,  which  latter  is  the 
tecfcinical  name  for  it  now,  are  switched  into  the  yard  of  the  Edison 
Phonograph  Works,  and  the  goods  are  loaded  there,  and  shipped  direct" 
to  the  private  dock  of  the  V/ells  Fargo  Express  Company  in  Jersey 
City,  from  there,  they  are  taken  by  their  wagons  to  the  Wilson  Line 
Pier  in  Brooklyn. 

We  are  keeping  a  look-out  for  any  infringing  machines 
going  forward  with  our  goods,  but  have  not  discovered  any  so  far 
with  this  week's  shipment. 

Yours  very  truly, 

'/t  7'7  l  (ri>e-  <C  f’-*  l  ' " 



New  York,  June  10th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty!-  PERSONAL. 

There  is  a  firm  here  called  the  Mamfacturers  and  Inven¬ 
tors  Electric  Company,  96  &  98  Cortlandt  Street,  whose  card  we  en¬ 
close,  by  which  you  will  see  they  quote  Edison  Phonographs  for  ex¬ 
port  at  30  %  off,  and  the  same  discount  on  Records. 

This  firm  practically  admit  that  they  get  about  50#  dis¬ 
count,  which  are  Standard  Phonographs,  listed  at  $20.  would  be  $10 

This  is  only  one  of  many  other  firms  here  who  sell  Phono 
graphs  for  export. 

The  Columbia  Phonograph  Company  have  lately  put  up  enor¬ 
mous  handsome  signs  at  Liberty  &  Broadway,  which  read  as  follows:- 


Wholesale.  Retail.  Export 

They  sell  openly  for  export  to- Prance,  but  their  export 
business  to  other  Countries,  we  are  informed  is  done  throu^i 
Russell  Hunting,  who  is  that  fellow  who  was  arrested  at  one  time 
for  obsene  Records. 

You  are  aware  that  Edison  has  a  show-room  at  26th  Street 
fact  8 

and  Broadway,  and  the  following  are  reported  to  us. 

A  man  by  the  name  of  Stevens  has  charge  of  the  Bales 
there,  a  local  Manager,  and  we  believe  this  is  prqctically  the 
National  Phonograph  Company. 

Stevens  had  entered  into  co-partnership  or  business 
arrangement  with  Prescott,  who  is  said  to  have  the  largest  list 
of  foreign  correspondents  here,  and  we  will  endeavor  to  send  you 

one  of  the  cards  of  this  partnership  with  Stevens  and  Prescott  by 
next  mail. 

Enclosed  we  send  some  price-lists  and  the  latest  lists 
of  Records,  and  we  hear  that  the  Recorfds  of  the  Norcross  Phonograp 
Company  are  very  good,  so  wo  are  sending  you  a  few  as  a  sample  lot 
and  we  will  try  to  get  them  off  by  steamer  sailing  tomorrow,  but 
if  not  by  Wednesday' s  steamer.  The  Norcross  records  are  said 
to^or iginals,  and  of  course  are  made  with  the  Edison  diaphragm,  so 
that  you  will  have  an  opportunity  of  comparing  them  with  ths 
Bettini  Records,  whch  we  are  sending  you. 

The  Norcross  Company  expect  to  take  u  p  oratorio  musicc- 
and  any  other  scientific  music  that  they  can  get. 

The  goods  from  Bettini  mentioned  in  my  last  letter  will 
go  forward  on  to-morrow's  steamer. 

Yours  very  truly, 

,4-  / 

•J»/m<B.4carU  JZemMjtX <sfw»**/ 

$(t/,/wH'^J//ormrfy sMn^ymina*?  7^nt/,w/,J/L'/uU^ 

London,  England. 
Dear  Sir:- 

We  sent  you  ton  June  3rd,  a  copy  of  our  letter  to  Mr 
Edison  relating  to  his  trademark,  that  is  to  say  his  name  which  he 
uses  as  a  trademark,  and  we  enclose  you  herewith  copy  feply  from 


W.  E.  Gilmore,  General  Manager,  which  explains  itself. 

You  will  notice  that  he  concedes  the  point  that  all 
machines  ordered  by  us  can  be  marked  with  his  trademark,  which  is 
all  that  we  desire  at  present,  and  that  he  has  never  taken  out 
any  trademark  papers  in  foreign  countries. 

Yours  very  truly, 

'  {7/t _ 




Orange,  N,  J.  June  9,  1898. 

Edison  United  Phonograph  Co., 

John  E.  Searles,  Esq.,  Pres., 

27  William  St.,  New  York. 

Dear  Sir:- 

With  further  reference  to  your  letter  of  June  3rd,  re¬ 
garding  the  use  of  the  trademark  "Thomas  A.  Edison",  I  went  up  to 
the  mines  yesterday  to  see  Mr  Edison  and  he  desires  «,  to  ^ay^That 
he  has  never  obligated  himself  in  any  way  to  your  Company, nor^ny 
other,  to  permit  the  use  of  hie  name  in  connection  with  apparatus. 
He  considers  that  his  name;  is  his  own  personal  property.  He  has 
decided,  however,  that  all  of  the  machines  now  being  manufactured 
for  your  Company  can  be  marked  with  his  trademark.  He  desires  it 
to  be  distinctly  understood,  however,  that  the  right  to  use  his 
name  is  in  no  way  assignable  or  transferable  to  any  other  concern 
than  yourselves  and  he  reserves  to  himself  the  rirfit  to  apply  it 
to,, such  apparatus  as  in  his  judgecent  should  be  so  marked,  and  also 
reserves  to  himself  the  right  to  cancel  the  use  of  his  name  in 
connection  with  any  apparatus  at  any  time.  He  considers  it  to  be 
his  personal  trademark,  under  which  all  of  his  different  manufac¬ 
tured  articles  are  sold,  and  he  has  never  transferred  or  permitted 
its  use  by  anybody.  He  has  never  taken  out  any  trademark  papers 
in  foreign  countries. 

Yours  very  truly, 

W.  E.  Gilmore, 

General  Manager. 

New  York,  June  13th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Mori arty: -PERSONAL. 

I  want  to  give  you  what  information  comes  to  us  in 
regard  to  a  man  named  Stevens,  of  whom  we  wrote  you  by  last  nail 
He  was  f ormerally  employed  at  Sehnectady,  where  Gilmore 
came  from,  and  was  sent  by  Gilmore  to  Tewksbury,  and  took  the 
position  of  export  clerk  there,  but  after  the  foiling  out  with 
Tewksbury,  he  was  given  a  position  in  Mr  Edison's  Laboratory  with 
the  National  Phonograph  Company,  recently  when  Mr  Edison  opened  his 
place  at  26th  Street,  &  Broadway,  Stevens  was  sent  there  as  Manage- 
but  has  now  associated  himself  with  Prescott,  and  we  will  send  you 
as  soon  as  possible  one  of  the  cards  of  Prescott  &  Stevens. 

We  simply  write  you  this  with  a  view  of  keeping  a  record 
of  the  people  who  are  working  against  us. 

We  are  sending  you  a  copy  of  the  "Phonoscope"  fbr  April, 
and  you  will  notice  that  Edison  is  making  a  Spring  Motor  Coin  in 
the  Slot  machine,  this  is  the  first  we  have  heard  of  it. 

Yours  very  truly, 

P.S.  See  the  advertisement  of  Russell  Hunting  on  pago  next  to  cover 

Mmn/tuA  TMowaOJ^  SeAbms  $  MTThndffm  dteenfary. 

$(e/t/m/  7A  7//<marti/,  fcv  7?m<Wrii/<  Mnbory  SHnOmf  7$iit/irei/i/ 7/iu/itU/e,  Jretutm 

Marion,  Maas. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Enclosed  please  find  copy  of  letter  received  from  Mr. 
Charles  E.  Hughes,  in  relation  to  the  bill  of  E.  Q.  Keaebey. 

This  letter  is  the  outcome  hf  your  suggestion  that  Mr. 
Keasbey  be  offered  $1,000.  in  settlement  of  his  account. 

Will  you  kindly  advise  me  in  regard  to  the  matter  at 
your  convenience,  and  much  oblige. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(Signed.)  G.  N.  Morison, 



Carter,  Hughes  &  Dwight. 

Attorneys  &  Counsellors  at  Law. 

96  Broadway  &  6  Wall  St.  (Suite  150-160) 

New  York,  June  10th,  1898. 

Mr  E.  A.  Morrisop, 

Secretary,  Edison  United  Phonograph  Company, 
27  William  Street,  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mr  E.  q.  Keasbey  called  to-day  in  reference  to  hii  bill 
against  your  Company.  He  is  willing  to  reduce  it  to  §1100.  if  it 
will  be  paid  at  once.  I  am  inclined  to  think  that  if  we  offered 
him  §1000  cash  he  would  take  that.  Apparently  he  will  make  no 
reduction  voluntarily,  if  he  has  to  wait  for  his  money  until  the 
Receiver  of  the  North  American  Company  makes  a  distribution. 

Very  truly  yours, 

(Signed.)  Charles  E.  Hughes. 

New  York,  June  14th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Mori arty! -PERSONAL. 

We  do  not  get  a  great  deal  of  information  about  Mr  Searles 
he  is  out  every  day,  but  seems  unable  to  attend  to  much  business  . 

In  regard  to  Prescott  the  same  old  state  of  affairs  exist 
Gilmore;  isaya  the  National  Company  cannot  refuse  to  fill  orders, 
that  he  cannot  stop  Prescott  tftf»anyone  else  sending  out  printed 
matter^  that  he  cannot  control  them,  that  Prescott  does  not  adver¬ 
tise  himself  as  the  Agent  of  the  National  Phonograph  Company,  but 
calls  himself, "the  Edison  Phonograph  Agency". 

Gilmore  says  that  the  Commission  Houses  will  buy  from 
anyone  that  will  sell  them,  and  that  even  Prescott  does  not  know 
where  they  go,  as  the  commission  houses  do  not  want  to  give  av/ay 
the  name  and  address  of  their  customer  for  fear  that  the  customer 
will  order  direct  from  Prescott  or  whoever  the  cotnnission  houses 
order  their  goods  from,  and  thus  lose  their  conmission. 

Of  course  we  realize  what  truth  there  is  in  all  of 
these  statements,  butl  I  cannot  help  feeling  that  Edison  is  more 
fairlydisposed  towards  us  than  he  ever  has  been,  at  the  sane  tine 
the  shipment  of  those  200  Machines  sticks  in  my  craw,  and  I  would 
like  to  have  the  data  which  you  spoke  of  sending  in  connection  with 
the  matter. 

If  we  can  keep  up  our  orders,  we  will  at  least  stand  some 
chance  of  gaining  more  or  less  advantage  from  Edison,  and  it  seems 
to  me  that  our  only  policy  can  be  to  go  ahead  and  fight  our  way 
through  gaining  little  by  lit  tin.  tin*  we  win  „ 

>OV*+.*H  Vll  ir 

establish  ourselves. 

Notwithstanding^!*  is  my  intention  to  talk  the  matter 
over  with  Mr  Searles  as  soon  as  he  is  able,  and  he  will  go  to  see 
Mr  Edison,  and  induce  him  to  stop  any  shipments  where  it  is  known 
they  are  going  abroad,  and  endeavor  to  hamper  these  export  people 
in  every  way  possible. 

’(THAT  IS  A  CHEAP  MACHINE,  but  it  has  not  yet  been  completed. 

I  saw  yesterday  the  little  machine  which  Bettini  has 
secured  the  control  of,  it  is  a  very  pretty  little  machine  and  runs 
four  and  a  half  cylinders,  and  he  uses  his  own  diaphragm  on  it, but 
small  in  size,  that  is  to  say  he  calls  it  his  own  diaphragm,  but  it 
is  not  like  the  Micro-phonograph;  it  is  automatic,  and  he  is  making 
a  separate  speaker,  which  he  proposes  later  to  use  on  this  machine. 

The  diaphragm  was  not  quite  complete,  so  that  I  could  not 
hear  a  satisfactory  record,  but  it  looks  like  a  perfect  little 
Phonograph,  and  the  gearing  is  different  from  anything  I  have 

He  is  considering  at  what  price  he  oan  afford  to  list 
them,  and  suggests  $12.,  but  claims  it  is  as  good  as  any  Phonograph 

The  cost  as  far  as  I  can  learn  is  in  the  neighborhood  of 
$3.50,  and  he  is  anxious  for  Mr  Searles  to  finance  him,  and  take 
the  whole  world. 

Bettini  wants  to  go  abroad  tfoor  if  the  United  Company 
will  pay  his  expenses,  as  he  thinks  he  can  be  of  great  service  in  g 
giving  you  the  benefit  of  all  his  experience  and  knowledge 


and  would  like  to  take  the  little  machine  over  with  him  to  show  to 
you,  but  he  claims  that  other  people  here  want  to  join  him  and 
wants  to  know  whether  any  such  arrangement  could  be  accomplished 
on  such  conditions  if  Mr  Searles  would  finance  him,  he  would. .agree 
to  devide  half  the  profits. 

Of  course  I  know  how  all  of  this  will  strike  you,  and  I 
have  simply  said  neither  yea  or  nay,  because  I  think  that  the  longed' 
he  can  be  put  off  from  doing  anything  in  any  direction  without  any 
trouble,  the  better,  at  the  same  time,  he  intends  to  Patent  all  of 
his  things  from  time  to  time,  and  they  might  be  of  some  service  to 
us  in  any  fight  that  we  might  enter  into  for  the  protection  of  our 
territory,  at  all  events,  it  is  better  on  general  principles  to  be 
friendly  rather  than  otherwise,  if  it  can  be  properly  maintained. 


The  Phonograph  Works  now  make  a  recorder  and  reproducer, 
that  is  the  ordinary  Speaker,  also  a  separate  recordeer,  ani  an 
automtaic  reproducer,  they  all  sell  at  the  same  price. 

Mr  Gilmore  has  promised  to  send  me  some  printed  matter 
from  the  National,  which  came  in  very  naturally  while  we  were 
talking,  and  I  will  send  it  to  you  when  received. 

It  seems  to  us  that  the  English  Company  should  order 
some  automatic  reproducers  to  be  able,  to  fill  any  orders  for 
machines  equipped  in  this  way,  as  they  are  sold  here,  ani  no  doubt 
they  will  have  inquiries  for  them,  and  they  should  be  An  a  position 

to  8  up  ply  anything  • 

X  ordered  two  sets  of  electros  of  each  of  Bettini's  cuts 
of  machines,  and  micro -phonographs  as  X  thought  you  might  have 
use  for  them  sooner  or  later,  and  we  may  have  a  falling  out  with 
Bettini,  when  it  would  not  be  easy  to  obtain  them. 

Referring  to  the  advertisement  of  Russell  Hunting  in  the 
"Phonoscope"  I  showed  this  to  Gilmore,  and  his  reply  was  that  he 
did  not  amount  to  anything,- and  remarked  that  if  a  money-order  was 
sent  him  the  probability  Jie  would  keep  the  money,  and  not  fiend  the 

In  regard  to  the  Chicago  Talking  Machine  Company,  Easton 
bought  out  this  Company,  and  put  Leon  DouglaB  in  charge  as  General 
Manager,  but  became  dissatisfied  with  him,  and  gave  him  a  lesser 
position  though  at  a  fair  salary,  and  put  another  man  in  charge  as 
General  Manager. 

The  old  employees  of  the  Chicago  Talking  Machine  Company, 

have  organized  a  new  Company,  and  callmt  the^Talking  Machine  Co., 

but  Edison' 8  lawyers  notified  them  that  they  must  drop  the  name  of 
Edison,  which  they  did,  and  it  is  now  called  the  Talking  Machine 

The  Wor Ids Phonog r aph  Company,  that  is  J.  Lewis  Young  has 
been  writing  letters  to  everybody  and  to  the  Works,  offering  to 
sell  out  their  business,  and  some  13  Patents  for  about  L2,000.  I 



I  have  just  received  word  from  Mr  Searlea,  asking  me  to 
advise  him  immediately  whether  the  English  Company  have  consented 
to  Drafts  oi‘40  days  sight. 

Gilmore  said  yesterday  that  the  National  Comply  would 
absolutely  refuse  to  fill  any  order  to  be  shipped  to  our  territory 
I  conclude  that  it  will  be  some  little  time  before  Edison 
will  have  his  new  cheap  machine  ready,  as  new  tools  will  have  to 
beWqpde  for  it. 

Yours  very  truly, 

ts  <  a* i 

Messrs.  Hidden  Vaizey  &  smith. 

Gresham  Street,  E.C, 
June  14th  1898* 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  0f  rrar  lsMer  „  ^  ^ 

°“™r1"8  “  f“  “*  •«««*  «  -r  claim  and  that  of  my  n» 

against  Mr.  Horiarty  in  the  above  matter.  I  ragrst  tint  I  a,  enable 
t»  accept  the  offer  which  ro  am  good  enongh  to  make  bnt  am  ,nite 
Willing  to  carry  ant  .Mat  I  said  when  Hr.  Horiarty  and  yen  were  with  na 
the  other  day. 

I  wanld  agree  behalf  of  my  tilm  t0  MMfft  ^ 

..d.  bg  pan  i,  yonr  latter  at  the  18th  nndar  clans.  1.  j  M  agr„ 
to  olaaa.  2  provided  Hr.  Horiarty  transferred  to  „  ei,m  wia 

Debenture  stack  in  exchange  tor  an  emival.nt  amount  of  tally  paid 
Preference  aares  i  of  course  on  «y  part  ratals  the  £1000  h.  has 
already  paid  to  a,  and  transferring  ft»  my  „»  Preference  shares 
£1000  Preference  share,  to  ay  firm.  with  regard  t,  clans,  a  I  ha™ 
n.  Objection  Whatever  to  thie  bat  i„  „0h  as  yon  mad.  certain  eteta. 
-ante  to  M  at  onr  last  interview  as  to  certain  action  Whitt  Hr. 

M.ri«ty  or  those  connected  with  hia  in  America  nigh,  take  against  me, 
this  settlement  if  .greed  to,  meat  not  only  b,  m  satisfaction  of  .11 
olaime  that  1  or  my  fir.  may  have  against  Hr.  Horiarty  and  hi.  colleag- 
”*  in  reteranca  to  this  Ddison  Bell  deal  bnt  alao  all  data  whioh 
Hr.  Horiarty  or  his  colleague.  think  they  sny  have  against  ma. 
proposal,  which  I  make  ar.  withont  prejndic.  and  if  net  accepted  tv 

moroday  evening  next  t.  deemed  to  be  withdrawn. 

1  am,  Gentlomen, 

Tours  faithfully, 

(Sd)  Eds  jp.  Coates. 


S.  F.  Moriarty,  Esq., 
■London,  England. 
Dear  Sir:- 

MV'  f/107'Ay. June  15th.  189S. 

The  Phonograph  Works  will  not  make  any  change  in  stamping 
the  Speakers  until  they  know  what  Swishes  are  in  the  natter. 

We  wrote  you  quite  fully  on  this  subject  by  last  mail, 
but  since  then  Mr  Gilmore  has  called  in,  and  the  writer  requested 
a  copy  of  letter  written  by  Richard  N.  Dyer  te  the  National 
Phonograph  Company,  dated  June  3rd,  which  explains  itself. 

The  object  of  the  Phonograph  Works  is  to  prevent  the  use 
of  their  Speakers  upon  machines  not  manufactured  by  the  Phonograph 
Works,  and  we  hear  a  rumor  that  there  are  machines  being  manu¬ 
factured  in  Chicago,  at  all  events  we  rather  approve  of  the 
Speakers  being  stamped  by  the  Phonograph  Works,  and  we  think  that 
you. will  in  all  probability  take  the  same  view. 

If  we  form  other  Companies  abroad,  and  the  Speakers  are 
stamped  with  the  name  of  the  English  Company  fbr  instance,  it  might 
cause  some  annoyance  to  them  if  their  machines  found  their  way  into 

other  territory,  if  in  no  other  way  at  least  by  letter,  and  cause 
them  some  trouble  in  replying,  and  vice 


1  A/i/d/d 7<m  MkhM,/, 


J%0UHMJ&  S.  T'lTfik'Mom  6&«%, 


wmyw/d//  ((d/pi/wm/fl 


If  the  Speakers  are  stamped  in  the  name  of  the  English 
Company,  we  will  have  to  pay  the  cost,  whatever  it  may  be,  possibly 
$50.,  but  if  stamped  in  the  name  of  the  Works,  they  will  pay  the 
cost  naturally. 

Kindly  note  that  Mr  Gilmore  informed  the  writer  that  the 
Attorneys  for  the  Works  have  been  ordered  to  take  action  against 
any  parties  using  the  name  of  Thomas  A.  Edison  without  authority,  a 
and  two  instances  were  cited  in  this  country  where  parties  were 
obliged  to  desist. 

No  one  has  the  right  to  use  the  name  of  Edison  in 
connection  with  Phonographs,  except  the  United  Company  and  the 
National  Phonograph  Company. 

This  is  a  move  in  the  right  direction,  and  I  have  no 
doubt  that  Edison  would  support  us  in  any  endeavor  to  stop  the  use 
of  his  name  abroad  by  writing  any  letter  that  we  desire,  but  if  I 
remember  correctly  he  has  already  written  on  this  subject. 

urs  very  truly, 



New  York,  June  3,  1898. 

W.  E.  Gilmore,  Esq., 

National  Phonograph  Company, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir, 

Responding  to  yours  of  31st  ult.,  re  restriction  as  to 
use  of  Speakers  for  Edison  phonographs,  we  beg  to  say  that  the 
wording  you  stiggest,  to  wit:  "Licensed  for  use  only  on  Edison 
Phonographs  manufactured  by  Edison  Phonograph  Works",  would,  in  our 
opinion  preclude  the  lawful  use  of  such  speakers  upon  talking 
machines  not  of  Edison  production. 

So  far  as  we  have  been  able  to  ascertain  from  adjudi¬ 
cated  cases  on  this  subject,  the  courts  have  made  no  distinction 
between  restriction  as  to  use  imposed  by  the  maker  and  by  the 

Yours  very  truly, 
(Signed.)  Richd.  N.  Dyer, 

New  York,  June  16th,  1898 

My  dear  Mr  Mori  arty: -PERSONAL. 

I  wrote  you  June  10th,  that  the  Manufacturers  and 
Inventors  Electric  Co.,  practically  admitted  that  they  set  about 
50X  discount  from  the  National  Company,  but  I  am  inclined  to  doubt 
this,  because  I  sent  your  Brother  up  there,  and  he  .is  not  certain, 
m  addition  to  which  Gilmore  stated  that  the  best  discount  given 
by  the  National  Phonograph  Company,  was  40#  ,  and  that  only  in 
large  quantities. 

Gilmore  also  stated  that  the  United  Company  gets  the  same 
prices  as  the  Natipnal. 

I  am  sending  you  some  price-lists  of  J. II. Bunnell  &  Co., 
and  they  quote  machines  in  dozen  lots  at  33  l/3  X,  and  Records  in 
barrel  lots  at  40  %  . 

M  TUtmhrft/,  BhMh6 

'JTeVHt/Mjtf  St/utmt 

.PMmtvri/  SlrinctvX 

,0.  MT/foMork  dtamten/. 

Itfnt/iw/iJM.fclt/ct  3Z« 


S.  F.  Moriarty,  Esq., 
London,  England. 
Dear  Sir:- 

Enolosed  please  find  copy  of  our  letter  of  June  8th  to  tft 
the  National  Phonograph  Company,  and  their  reply  dated  June  13th 

Mr  Gilmore  stated  to  the  writer  yesterday  that  the  Edison 
Manufacturing  Company  do  not  now  sell  Phonographs,  they  confine 
themselves  to  their  own  goods,  batteries,  etc. 

Yours  very  truly, 



J/o/mS.^ealrfei.  T&tait/eutt 

Wts/i/uw  M  fl/m'arfy.  7m  BmuTutf, 

Wbtt/>m/*7/AXtt/e,  J7r, 


National  Phonograph  Company, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sirs:- 

We  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  favors  of  June  6th 
and  7th,  and  thank  you  for  the  enclosures. 

We  note  that  you  have  referred  some  of  the  letters  to 
the  Edison  Manufacturing  Company,  because  they  contain  orders  for 
goods  not  in  our  line,  and  we  would  be  obliged  if  you  would  kindly? 
notify  them  to  guard  against  sending  any  price-lists  or  printed 
matter,  which  might  be  a  detriment  to  our  business  in  ibreign 

ne  8th.  1898.  //A}0 

We  would  also  be  obliged  lif  your  office  would  kindly  tak© 
the.  precaution  against  forwarding  circulars  or  printed  matter  out¬ 
side  of  the  United  States  and  Canada. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(Signed.)  G.  N.  Mori  son, 




Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N.  ,T.  June  13>  1898>  • 

Edison  United  Phonograph  Co., 

G.  N.  Mori  son,  Esq.,  Sec., 

27’ William  St.,  New  York. 

Dear  Siri- 

We  duly  received  your  letter  of  the  8th  inst.,  having- 
reference  to  certain  comnunications  that  we  from  time  to  time  refer 
to  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.,  in  which  prices,  catalogues,  etc., 
are  asked  for,  for  goods  manufactured  by  -  this  concern  .  The 
Edison  Manufacturing  Co.,  as  we  understand  it,  do  not  handle  any¬ 
thing  in  the  way  of  phonographs  or  apparatus  sold  by  you,  in  your 
territory,  consequently,  they  are  not  in  a  position  to  furnish  any 
printed  matter  or  prices,  etc.,  as  indicated  in  your  communication. 

So  f  r.  as  v.e  are  concerned,  I  can  only  sfty  that  thiB 
Company  does  hot  forward  circulars*  printed  matter*  prioes,  or 
anything  of  this  kind  anywhere  except  in  the  territory  which  they 
own  and  control. 

Yours  very  truly, 
(Signed.)  w.  E-  Gilmore, 

General  Manager. 

7?m>ir/#ufi  J7wmuj& &  flflbrnAent  t$*cnta,n/. 

$te/t/u>n- at  77/omrrt//, 7m  JMmtory StirecfoK  7/{L//ry/t.fy„  "Zj'ff/ty  JttnM, 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  are  just  in  receipt  of  your  cable  of  June  lffth,  and 
have  communicated  the  contents  to  Mr  Searles  at  once. 

We  are  glad  to  receive  an  additional  order  for  200  Type 
4  Phonographs,  that  is  the  Large  Edison  Spring  Motor,  and  we  note 
that  we  have  the  right  to  draw  upon  the  Edison-Bell  Consolidated 
Phonograph  Company,  Limited,  for  the  second  half  of  their  invoices, 
but  we  have  suggested  to  Mr  Searles  that  await  the  arrival  of 

your  letter  for  details. 

We  note  also  that  you  order  50  of  Bettini  best  original 
Records,  and  we  understand  from  this  that  you  want  his  best  high 

We  conclude  that  this  order,  by  cable, is  the  result  of 

cmy  letter  to  you^of  June  4th,  but  since  writing  that  letter  we 
notified  you  June  7th,  that  we  would  ship  the  goods  at  the  prices 
fixed  by  you,  they  therefore  went  forward  on  the  11th  of  June,  but 
we  notified  you  that  Bettini  made  a  mistake  in  shipping  Duplicates 
of  the  same  record,  that  is  two  of  each,  but  as  the  anount  is  snail 

we  let  it 

Jfo/l'iV  S.  Wmir/eiit.  Se/iAWH  &  TfflttrrtAOW,  (Mamta.ry. 

$b/t/w»  SHPlmarty  I&>  %**&#&  SHmfo#  Ukd/mfrP&&tt&*  fimu,** 

Under  the  ei rcumstanoes  your  present  order  for  50  Records 

causes  us  to  hesitate,  but  as  you  stipulate  that  you  want  the  best 
original  Records,  we  have  concluded  to  ship  them,  and  the  y  will  go 
forward  Saturday,  June  18th,  per  Steamship  "CAMPANIA"  if  they  can 
possibly  get  them  off  on  that  vessel. 

Some  of  them  are  really  beautiful,  and  Bettini  has 
promised  to  select  them  carefully  himself  from  his  choicest  Records 
We  think  this  order  for  good  records  at  this  time,  is 
fortunate,  because  we  are  shipping  you  by  the  same  vessel  Five 
Duplicating  machines,  and  as  these  Records  are  masters,  you  can 
make  duplicates  of  them  and  increase  your  stock. 

As  already  advised  we  have  ordered  Bettini  to  set  up 
complete  one  of  these  duplicating  machines,  and  pack  it  with  the 
greatest  possible  care,  so  that  you  can  see  precisely  how  they 
should  be  put  together^  because  too  much  importance  cannot  be 
attached  to  the  fact  that  they  must  be  perfectly  parallel,  that  is 
to  say  the  recording  cylinder  portion  of  the  machine  and  the 
reproducing  cylinder  portion  must  be  in  perfect  allignment  with 
eadh  other,  they  must  not  be  out  of  true,  the  smallest  fraction, 
s  some  risk  of  the  bed-pla'4e  being  broken,  we 


there  ii 

TiiWiert&om  <$tens6»n/. 
t&aUfrTM&ti/e,  ,kc',.u„ 


'/lear\ Z/rsd^ _ M9 

are  sending  you  an  extra  bed-plate,  fjpfee  of  cost. 

If  the  bed-plate  should  be  found  brok'en,  please  be  partic 
lar  that  the  machine  is  not  unscrewed  from  the  fragment  until  you 
are  thoroughly  satisfied  that  you  know  precisely  how  to  adjust  the 
two  separate  parts. 

Kindly  note  that  when  you  order  goods  by  cable,  such  as 

these  50  Records,  that  unless  the  price  at  which  they  are  sold  by 

you  to  the  Edison-Bell  Consolidated  Phonograph  Company,  Limited, 

is  named  in  your  cable,  that  we  are  unable  to  draw  one-half  the 

cost,  or  to  forward  a  draft  at  40  days  for  the  balance,  unless  we 

know  the  price,  and  we  mention  this  fact  because  Mr  Searles  objeots 

to  billing  the  goods  to  the  London  Office,  because  it" amounts  to 

advancing  that  sum  of  money  to  the  London  Office,  and  he  says  it 
does  not  come  back. 

In  view  of  our  not  knowing  the  price  at  which  ttese 

Records  should  be  billed,  we  will  withhold  bill  until  we  are  in 


receipt  of  advices  from  you,  as  to  how^should  be  invoiced. 

In  addition  to  the  above  goods,  we  will  endeavor  to  for¬ 
ward  on  the  same  steamer  some  electrotypes  of  Bettini's  things, 
also  he  has  lately  completed  a  Micro -phonograph  Reproducer  to  be 
used  on  the  HOME  Phonograph,  and  the  reproduction  is  excellent, 
therefore  as  we  are  endeavoring  to  keep  you  supplied  with  any  new 

//>»$.  <$mrh y. 

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.sf/tmiory  SQtrcctn* 

7///jt 7//^ (////:,  tjrrr/.lff  rc  r. 






things  that  come  out,  we  are  sending  you  one  of  these  as  a  sample. 

It  cannot  be  use  on  the  Standard  Phonograph,  and  Bettini 
says  that  machine  is  not  strong  enough,  but  I  do  not  know  how  tru  e 
this  may  me,  because  he  made  this  Reproducer,  he  says,  at  the  re¬ 
quest  of  the  National  Phonograph  Company,  for  use  on  the  HOME 
Phonograph,  he  also  states  that  they  told  him  that  the  Foreign 
Company,  would  mast  likely  use  a  good  many  of  the  Homes,  no  doubt 
this  is  quite  true,  because  it  is  some  time,  weeks  or  perhaps  sever<~6 
months  since  he  first  had  the  idea  of  making  a  Reproducer  for  the 
Home  Phonograph. 

Yours  very  truly, 

ought  to  n°\  filing  HOMES,  but  thought  you 

„  1  Reproducer,  arid  know  what  they  can  do,  and  if  thev 

non^h-1  any  ^  them  in  this  country»  in  any  quantity,  you  may 

possibly  have  a  demand  for  them  over  there. 

<§te/i/tM‘  M  pAmhrty,  %£»  %**"&»/< 

J7/0H/M  &/tAfW,  &  7£77Umon/,  $een&t*y. 



S.  F,  Mori  arty,  'Esq., 
Ijond  on,  England . 
Dear  Sir:- 

When  your  cable  was  received  we  forwarded  a  copy  to  Mr. 

Sear  lea,  and  he  has  advised  us  by  letter  this  morning  to  make  the* 
Drafts  upon  the  Edison-Bell  Consolidated  Phonograph  Company,  Limited 
at  once,  and  to  draw  them  in  Pounds  Sterling,  but  we  wrote  him 
yesterday  that . we  thought  it  was  not  advisable  to  do  so  until  the 
details  were  received  by  mail,  but  this  letter  he  hsd  not  received 
when  he  nailed  his  letter  to  us  yesterday,  consequently  I  have 
sent  him  the  following  telegram  this  morning. 



and  I  am  awaiting  his  reply. 

If  the  Drafts  are  drawn  in  Pounds  sterling  for  the 
equivalent  of  one-half  of  the  invoices  at  therdte  of  exchange  to-rty 
day,  the  English  Company  may  possibly  object  to  paying  the  Drafts 
which  are  not  due  most  of  them  for  from  6  to  34  days,  and  rate  of 
exchange  when  these  Drafts  mature  may  be  quite  at  variance  with 
the  rate  at  which  we  have  figured  the  Pounds • sterling  to-day, 
pa .rti m Irrly  during  the3@  War*  Ur'es. 

KrM/eiif:  SfMtmi  &  TtPhniWK  SeentiMy. 

'te/i/w,vk  ?tiO/wr/i/,  7£»  Zir.M.n/<  .eMrtion,  Sforccto*  few*** 



particularly  during  these  war  times,  but  the  object  of  making  the 
Drafts  in  Pounds  sterling  is  to  enable  Mr  Searles  to  use  them  at 
once  and  obtain  credit  in  his  account. 

If  this  were  not  the  case  the  best  plan  would  be  to 
forward  the  Drafts  in  American  currency  which  would  compel  the 
Edison-Bell  Consolidated  Phonograph  Company  to  pay  their  eqiivelent 
into  the  Bank  that  holds  the  Drafts  at  the  rate  of  exchange  in 
.London  at  their  maturity,  thus  saving  any  possible  loss  to  us 

through  difference  in  rate  of  exchange,  and  we  would  nett  the 

precise  amount  of  our  invoices,  which  may  not  be  the  case  other¬ 
wise,  if  the  Edison  Bell  object. 

As  stated  before  however  we  have  written  Mr  Searles  and 
hope  to  be  able  to  await  your  full  advices  by  mail. 

We  realize  that  as  this  Company  has  no  money,  and  Mr 
Searles  advances  more  to  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works  and  the 
other,  manufacturers  for  the  cost  of  the  goods  to  us  than  we  receive 
as  a  first  payment  from  the  Edison  Bell,  we  have  no  right  to  demand 
that  he  shall  await  the  maturity  of  the  Draft  before  receiving 
back  his  advances,  therefore  if  there  is  a  loss  of  a  few  hundred 
dollars,  the  Company  will  be  obliged  to  stand  it* 


25,  2?  &  29,  Banner  Street, 

St.  Lukes,  London,E.C. 

June  17th.  1898. 

NOTICE  is  hereby  given  that  an  Extraordinary  Gen¬ 
eral  Meeting  of  the  above  named  Company  will  be  held  at  Edison  House, 
Northumberland  Avenue,  London,  V.  C.  on  Monday  the  27th.,  day  of  June 
instant  at  three  o’clock  in  the  afternoon,  to  receive  the  resignation 
of  Messrs.  John  M.  Kelly,  J.  ?.  Kelly,  J.  E.  Hough  and  H.  J.S.  Hanning 
as  Directors  of  the  Company,  and  to  elect  other  Directors  in  their 
place.  A  form  of  Proxy  accompanies.  Proxies  must  be  deposited  at 
the  registered  offices  of  the  Company,  25,  27  &  29;  Banner  Street, 
Lonflon,  E.  C.  not  later  than  three  o’clock  on  Friday,  the  24th.,  of 


London,  England. 
Dear  Sir:- 

X  think  Grass  means  to  do  everything  he  can  to  aid  us, 
and  I  am  on  good  terms  with  both  the  Father  and  the  young  son,  who 
is  quite  a  bright  young  fellow,  and  I  have  just  received  a  letter 
from  him  dated  June  15th,  with  som?  enclosures,  copies  of  which  I 
send  you  herewith. 

Enclosed  also  is  a  copy  of  the  receipt  from  the  French 
Patent  Office,  dated  April  5th,  1898,  the  original  of  which  I  have 
seen,  and  gives  the  number  of  the  French  Application,  as  264,458. 

Yoti  will  kindly  note  what  Gress  says  in  regard  to  allow¬ 
ing  us  to  take  out  Patents  in  every  other  Country  for  his  things, 
on  condition  that  we  permit  him  to  manufacture  the  goods  for  our 
Orders  and  pay  him  $1.00  over  the  cost  price  of  manuf acture,  and  he 
will  use  his  own  tools,  without  any  additional  cost  to  us. 

He  has  also  agreed  to  show  me  the  bills  for  all  of  the 
goods  he  purchases,  and  give  nre  satisfactory  evidence  that  the 
wages,  etc,  are  proper  and  paid,  I  refer  to  future  orders. 

Please  understand  also  that  we  are  expected  to  pay  the 


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_ //£9_ 

cost  of  taking  out  the  Patents,  and  Gress  is  to  receive  of  course 
in  addition  his  Royalty,  but  it  seems  to  me  that  no  more  advantage¬ 
ous  arrangement  could  be  made  for  the  Countries,  outside  of  those 
embraced  in  the  contract  with  him,  such  as  Australia,  for  instance, 
and  if  you- think  it  advisable,  I  will  take  up  this  matter  with  him 
and  take  out  Patents,  in  such  Countries  as  you  think  desirable, 
provided  Mr  Searles  will  pay  for  them,  and  I  have  no  doubt  he  will, 
but  I  have  not  yet  mentioned  this  matter  to  him. 

Do  you  not  think  it  will  strengthen  our  Company  to  own 
these  Patents  in  good  Countries,  take  Russia  for  instance,  if  the 
Patent  laws  are  sufficiently  protective  there,  and  we  emphasize 
this  Country  also,  because  a  letter  has  been  written  to  Mr  Gross, 
a  copy  of  which  we  also  enclose,  in  regard  to  his  Phonographs. 

These  Patents  can  only  be  taken  out  through  Gress'  lawyer 
a  Mr  Stockman  of  Washington,  whom  I  have  met,  but  we  get  the 
Patents,  when  issued.. 

Will  you  kindly  give  me  your  views  at  your  early  conven¬ 

This  letter  is  written  hasily,  but  I  think  you  will 
understand  what  I  am  driving  at.  . 


Manufacturing  Department. 
1358  B'way. 

Mr  G.  N«  Morrison, 


Dear  Sir:- 

New  York,  June  15th, 1898. 

I  enclose  you  papers  from  Mr  Stockman  for  your  informa¬ 
tion.  Please  note  and  return.  We  are  willing  that  you  should! 
take  out  papers  for  your  protection  and  patents  in  the  other 
countries  provided  you  agrSe  to  purchase  the  machines  from  us  for 
such  countries,  allowing  us  only  a  nominal  profit  of  say  about  $1. 
per  machine  which  price  is  to  cover  the  trouble  in  looking  after 
the  manufacturing  of  same  and  the  use  of  the  tools. 

If  it  wasn.t  so  terribly  hot  would  come  down  an  see  you 
but  will  be  down  in  a  day  dir  so  . . 

Yours  truly, 

(Signed.)  M.  V.  Gress. 


■Electrical  Inventions  a  specialty 


Solicitor  of  United  States  and 
Foreign  Patents. 

Inventive  Age  Building, 

Cor  8th  and  H  Streets, N.W. 

Morgan  V.  Gross,  Esq., 

Vice  President,  Multiplex  Phonograph  Co., 

No.  1358  Broadway,  New  York  City. 

My  Dear  Mr  Gress:- 

Herein  you  will  find  official  receipt  of  filing  of  the 
application  in  France  for  your  father's  invention,  which  shows  that 
the  number  of  the  case  is  264,458  and  that  it  was  filed  in  the 
French  office  April  5th,  1898.  This  receipt  is  sent  in  compliance 
with  Mr.  Morrison’s  request. 

I  am  in  receipt  of  the  official  notice  of  the  allowance  of  the 
British  case.  The  patent  will  issue  June  30,  1898, 

I  also  enclose  letter  which  my  foreign  agent  sent  me  from  a 
Russian  concern,  making  inquiries  about  your  invention.  It  might 
be  unwise  to  comply  with  their  request  for  prospectus  etc*,  at 
present,  if  you  have  any  intention  of  taking  out  Russian  patent 
for  the  invention,  as  this  concern  might  manipulate-  things  so  as 
to  defeat  your. right  to  Russian  patent. 

The  matter  of  increasing  the  list  of  countries  must  be  decided 
in  the  very  near  future,  particularly  is  intended  to  take  out 
Australian  patents.  Kindly  see  Morrison  and.  have  him  decide 
promptly  or  not  he  wants  other  patents.  I  will  take  pleasure  in 

A  Copy  of  any  U.S. Patent 
sent  to  any  address  for  10c 
and  a  2c.  stamp. 

Washington,  D.C.  June  14,  1898. 


Fabrik  und  Lager 
Photographischer  Utensilien 

St. Petersburg. 

St. Petersburg, d  18/30  April  1898 
Nevsky  Prosp.No.  25-1 

V  e  r  1  a  g. 

Photographischer  Bucher. 

Telegramm-Adresse  BRUSAENCO  -PETERSBURG. 

George  Valentine  Gress,  Esqre., 
Ill  Hatton  Garden, 

Londo  n. 


By  the  present  we  request  you  to 
send  us  your  price-lists  anf  to  make  us  an  offer  in  your  Phonograph 
stating  the  highest  discount  you  are  allowing  to  the  trade. 

Are  the  phonographs  of  your  own  manufactury  or 
are  they  made  in  U.S.  of  N.  America.  We  would  like  to  learn  some 
particulars  about  the  improvements  in  phonographs. 

Awaiting  your  news,  we  remain,  Sir, 

Yours  respectfully, 

p.p.  Bruno  Saenger  &  Co, 


(Cabt.  du  Frefet,  No.  15  A.) 

Le  5  Avril  1898  M.  Marsat 

pour  M.  Grass, 
a^depose  au  secretariat 
ge’neral  de  la  Prefectu  r 


(Extrait  De  La  Loi  du  5  Juillet  1844.  / 


La  duree  du  brevet  courra  BREVETS  D' INVENTION. 

"du  Jour  du  depot  prescrit  par 

’’Particle  5"  BULLETIN  DE  DEPOT 

^Les  brevets  dont  la  demands  aura 
"ete  regulierement  formes  seront 
"delivres  sans  examen  prealable.aux 
risques  et  perils  des  demandeurs, et 
sans  garantie,  soit  de  la  realite, 
de  la  nouveaute  ou  du  merits  de 
1' invention  ,  soit  de  la  fidelite 
"ou  de  Inexactitude  de  la  description  sous  le  No.  264458  un' 
"Un  arrete  du  ministre,  constatant  paquet  cachets,  contenant, 
"la  regulante  de  la  demands  sera  souivane  sa  declaration,  la 
delivre  au  constituera  delamde  d’u  n  JfHK 
le  brevet  d'invention.  BREVET  D’ INVENTION  Avec  les 

"A  cet  arrete  sera  joint  le  dupli-  pieces  a  I’appui 

"cata  eertifie  de  la  description  et  / - ", 

des  dessins,  apres  que  la  conformitS  /SORTI  ‘ 

avec  1’ expedition  originals  en  aura 
6te  reconnue  et  etablie  au  besoin. 

"La  premiere  expedition  des  brevets 
"sera  d^livree  sans  frais. 

"Touts  expedition  ulterieure, 

"demandee  par  le  brevets  ou  ses 
"ayants  cause,  donnera  lieu  au 
paiement  d'une  taxe  de  25  francs. - 
Les  frais  de  dessins,  s’il  y  a  lieu 
demeureront  S  la  charge  de  l*impe- 
trant . 

"Un  decret  insere  au  Bulletin  des 
"lous,  proclamera  touB  les  trois  mois 
les  brevets  delivres." 


Le  deposant  oonservera  ce  bulletin 
et  le  representera  avec  la  lettre 
d’avis  qu'il  recevra  de  la  Prefec¬ 
ture  pour  le  retrait  du  brevet. 

Les  brevets  sont  delivres  aux  signa- 
taires  du  proges-verbal,  sur  leur 
decharge,  ou  a'  leurs  mandataires 
NOMINATIVEMENT  constitues  et  porteurs 
d’un  pouvoir  special® 

LONDON,  20-Kh.  June  1898 

Dear  Sir, 

In  furtherance  of  our  previous  communication  we  now  have 
pleasure  in  sending  you  the  accompanying  case  together  with  the 
documents  mentioned  therein.  We  shall  be  favoured  if  you  will 
give  the  matter  your  early  attention.  We  think  it  desirable  that 
you  should  search  for  the  purpose  of  ascertaining  in  what  names 
the  Patents  stand  and  whether  any  XKJOiias  entry  has  been  made  at 
the  Patent  Office  regarding  the  charge  upon- the  Patents  to  which 
our  clients  are  entitled  by  virtue  of  the  provisions  of  clause  2 
of  the  accompanying  agreement.  When  we  have  received  your 
opinion  we  may  have  to  ask  you  to  communicate  with  the  German  Com¬ 
pany.  Unless  our  clients  are  satisfied  that  the  business  would 
be  vigour ously  pushed  they  would  probably  prefer  to  come  to  some 
arrangement  whereby  they  nay  gXXTOi  resume  immediate  possession  • 
of  the  patents  with  a  view  to  placing  thorn  in  other  hands.  They 
however  desire  in  the  first  instance  to  ascertain  the  precise  na¬ 
ture  of  their  position  both  under  the  Agreement  &  as  Shareholders 
in  the  German  Company. 

If  you  require  any  further  information,  kindly  cable  for  same 
as  the  matter  is  an  urgent  one. 

Yours  faithfully, 

(Sd)  Riddell,  Vaizey  &  Smith. 

Messrs  Albert  Traegor  &  Hugo  Horrwitz, 

Behren  Strasso  54  11,  Berlin  W. 

LONDON,  20th.  June  1898 

Dear  Sir, 

We  have  to  inform  you  that  our  clients  are  now  prepared 
to  execute  the  order  contained  in  your  letter  under  date  22nd 
April  last  for  One  hundred  machines,  type  2,  and  one  Bettini  re¬ 
producer  and  r  ecorder  the  price  for  the  No:  2  machines  to  be  is 
dollars  f .o.b.  New  York  as  stated  by  you.  We  do  not  appear  to 
have  any  instructions  as  to  the  price  of  the  Bettini  machine  but 
will  communicate  with  our  clients  upon  that  subject.  The  No:  2 
machines  are  ready  for  delivery  and  if  you  will  instruct  your 
Agents  in  New  York  to  that  effect  they  can  receive  the  Bill  of 
Lading  in  exchange  for  the  price  of  the  machines.  If  there  are 
any  other  orders  outstanding  please  favour  us  with  particulars  of 
them.  Our  clients  state  that  they  are  not  aware  that  any  such 

This  order  will  be  fulfilled  without  prejudice  to  any  of 
the  questions  outstanding  between  the  American  Company  and  the 
German  Company.  Our  clients  have  no  desire  to  impede  the  busi¬ 
ness.  They  reserve  to  themselves  the  right  to  enforce  any  of  the 
provisions  of  the  agreement  of  which  there  may  have  been  a  breach 
on  “Hie  part  of  your  Company.  On  hearing  that  you  have  made  the 
necessary  remittance  to  New  York  the  No:  2  macliines  will  be  shippe 
If  you  desire  to  expedite  the  delivery  you  can  cable  us  on  the  re¬ 
ceipt  of  this  letter. 

We  have  now  had  an  opportunity  of  making  an  examination 
of  the  balance  sheets  which  have  been  rendered. 

Our  clients  are  very  dissatisfied  with  the  manner  id 

German  Agents  to  advise  us  and  if  necessary  to  communicate  with 
you  upon  the  subject. 

lours  truly, 

(Sd)  Kiddell,  Vaiaey  &  Smith. 

Ludwig  Stollwerch  Esq. 

LONDON  20th.  Juno  1398 

Dear  Sir, 

Edison  Bell  Consolidated  Phonograph  Company  Ld. 

VTe  have  now  had  an  opportunity  of  obtaining  Hr  Moriarty's 
instructions  upon  your  favour  under  date  14th  inst.  He  is  not 
prepared  to  accept  the  terms  which  you  mention,  if  you  have  any 
alternative  proposition  to  suggest  we  shall  be  happy  to  submit  it. 
Any  compromise  arrived  at  would  of  course  involve  a  settlement 
of  all  outstanding  questions.  In  oxir  previous  letter  we  should 
have  added  a  clause  containing  this  provision.  Kindly  pardon  the 

Without  prejudice 

Wo  are,  Dear  Sir, 

Yours  faithfully, 

(Sd)  Hidden,  Vaizey  &  Smith 

E.P.  Coates  Esq. 

New  York,  June  21 et,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

Your  letter  of  June  11th,  with  copy  of  Personal 
letter  to  Mr  Searles  of  June  10th,  is  duly  received. 

I  am  very  glad  indeed  to  hear  that  you  are  likely  to  get 
your  money  from  the  Seligmans,  and  I  shall  take  pleasure  in  doing 
everything  in  my  power  to  facilitate  the  matter,  when  you  advise 
me  that  you  are  ready  to  take  it  up. 


Your  letter  to  Mr  Searles,  is  very  reassuring,  and  if^was 
only  well,  I  should  like  to  take  up  seme  Of  the  matters  referred  to 
with  him. 

I  hope  you  will  be  successful  in  regard  to  the  Stollwerck 
Account.  I  have  not  had  time  to  go  over  your  letter  of  June  11th 
with  sufficient  care  relating  to  the  Deutsche  Edison  Phonographen 
Gesell  schaft,  but  he  is  really  an  impossible  man  to  do  business  witX. 
as  you  state. 

DeCastro  has  just  shown  me  the  new  small  Phonograph, 
which  Bettini  has  gotten  out,  and  the  model  of  which  has  been  made 
by  the  Graphophone  people.  He  says  the  model  costs  him  $250. 
but  from  what  I  can  learn,  they  figure  the  cost  in  quantities  at 
about  $3.50,  and  that  it  will  probably  be  put  on  the  market  at  $12. 

It  reproduces  beautifully,  and  the  diaphragm  is  automatic 
in  fact  it  is  the  best  small  machine  I  have  ever  seen,  but  of 
course  it  infringers  our  Patents  for  engraving  on  wax,  notwithstand 
ing  this  however,  there  will  no  doubt  be  a  great  many  of  them  sold 


and  DeCastro  has  been  to  see  Prescott  and  Stevens,  and  has  shown 
them  the  model. 

X  wanned  him  that  those  people  were  infringers  of  our 
territory,  but  you  probably  know  as  well  as  we,  that  nothing  we  can 
do,  will  prevent  these  machines  going  to  foreign  territory,  unless 
we  can  make  some  sort  of  an  arrangmant  with  Bettini  in  regard  to 

£cra£/'T&-  IV&+/AJ 

this  particular  machine ,.and?fre  felt  do  disposed,  we  could  do  so 
l//***  I Ct 

now, /land /he  would  even  go  abroad,  if  we  paid  his  expenses,  and  you 
could  deal  with  him  there,  if  you  thought  it  was  worth  while. 

We  can  handle  Bettini  no  doubt  to  our  staisfaction,  as 
things  stand  at  present,  and  in  view  of  our  Agreements  with  him, 
but  my  own  opinion  is  that  it  will  not  benefit  us  to  antagonize 
him,  because,  we  can  do  more  on  the  other  tack,  but  you  may  not 
care  to  bother  with  it  in  any  way,  shape  or  manner. 

I  felt  a  little  put  out  to-day,  when  DeCastro  cane  in 
with  this  machine,  because  your  Brother  was  here,  and  I  showed 
him  the  machine,  but  he  did  so  much  talking  about  everybody  and 
everything  in  the  business,  and  told  DeCastro  that  somebbdy  was 
getting  out  a  cheap  machine  here  to  sell  for  a  Dollar,  and  that 
they  didnot  care  for  the  Patents,  that  they  would  put  a  hundred 
thousand  of  them  out,  and  fight  the  Patents  afterwards. 

You  know  Mr  Moriarty,  that  when  we  have  such  relations 
with  Bettini,  as  we  have  at  present,  to  have  such  matter  as  this 
stirred  up,  and  other  things  discussed,  such  as  the  manufacturing 
of  Bettini's  little  machine  at  the  Phonograph  Works,  when  we  do  not 
care  tomdiscunn  . .  / 


“a1'6  t0  diS°USS  that  matter  now,  it  is  annoying,  and  causes  n*  so, 
anxiety,  but_d.o_not  writs  your  Brother  anythin*  about.  beoause 
we  cannot  help  these  things  sometimes,  and  X  do  not  want  anything 
that  will  make  him  feel  more  uncomfortable  about  the  business. 

It  is  a  pity  that  when  I  would  like  to  show  him  some 
things  at  times,  that  I  am  afraid  to  on  account  of  the  reckless 
way  in  which  he  talks. 

Yourje  very  truly, 

Sb/t/en-  at  7/ionaffy.  7<m  Mm>/ch/i 

Jfimttajtf  Si/mwi-. 

t$,i//w/,MX-a/f,  ,7X*um* 


S.  F.  Mori arty,  Esq., 

London,  England. 

Dear  Sir:- 

.  I  have  just  returned  from  the  factory  where  the  Multiplex 
Phonographs  are  being  manuf actured,  and  the  work  seems  to  be  pro¬ 
gressing  in  a  very  satisfactory  manner. 

X  saw  the  different  parts  in  detail,  and  I  do  not  think 
a  better  machine  couihd  be  turned  out,  although  I  have  not  of  course 
yet  seen  a  completed  machine  set  up. 

Many  of  the  parts  are  completed  for  the  whole  order,  some 
of  them,  three  and  four  hundred,  so  that  after  the  first  delivery, 
they  will  come  along  very  rapidly. 

The  rooms  for  setting  up  the  machines,  testing  them,  etc, 


are  in  a  storage  warehouse,  where  shelves  have  been  placed,  «tM  thgj 
require,  besides  being  dry,  and  clean. 

There  have  been  a  number  of  little  improvements  trade  on 
the  machine,  and  one  important  improvement,  which  makeB  the  five 
revolving  cylinders  operate  with  certainty,  this  is  a  very  impor¬ 
tant  matter,  as  the  model  which  you  have,  and  which  is  identical 
with  the  mathines  Mr  Gross  puts  out  in  America,  require  constant 


attention  of  a  man  to  ikepp  them  in  order,  which  of  course  you  will 
realize  is  an  expense  in  the  automatic  business,  which  we  are  en¬ 
deavoring  to  obviate  entirely,  in  the  machines  ,  which  we  propose 
to  ship,  and  the  various  little  improvements,  Mr  Gress  has  paid 
for  himself,  because  he  realizes  the  importance  to  him  of  perfect¬ 
ing  his  machine,  and  in  the  hope  of  future  orders. 

In  regard  to  future  orders  for  Multi  pie xs,  if  after  you 
receive  the  first  shipments,  you  find  the  machines  satisfactory, 
and  they  are  likely  to  need  any  more  bf  them,  ifc"would  be  a  benefit 
to  us  to  let  us  have  the  order,  before  we  have  completed  the  present- 
order,  as  the  men  have  become  accustomed  to  the  work  now,  and  they 
can  be  built  cheaper,  and  we  will  receive  an  advantage,  if  the 
order  is  placed  soon  and  they  can  continue  right  along  with  the 

I  regret  that  it  is  simply  impossible  to  get  off  any 
machines  on  June  25th,  but  they  will  work  night  and  day  to  try 
to  ship  a  few,  say  25  on  steamer  sailing  June  29th,  and  I  did  soma 
effective  work  this  morning  at  the  factory  in  urging  every  one  to  h 

their  utmost  endeavors. 

New  York,  June  23rd,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Mori  arty: -PERSONAL. 

I  believe  that  young  Gresa  is  a  more  reliable  man, 
than  anyone  who  have  had  dealings  with^ heretofore  in  the  Phonograph 
business,  and  his  Father  relies  upon  hifa  to  awery  great  extent, 
and  what  he  says  generally  goes,  therefore  I  have  cultivated  his 
acquaintance,  and  while  he  looks  for  further  business  from  us,  for 
he  is  a  thoroughly  business  young  fellow,  yet  he  has  not  sought 
to  deceive  me,  and  I  am  in  hopes  ©^-turning  him  to  some  advantage 
for  the  Company,  indeed  he  has  aided  us  already,  and  I  have  notified 
him  that  Prescott  is  an  injury  to  iour  business,  and  sells  pirate 
machines,  the  result  of  this  is,  that  a  day  o t  two  ago,  he  received 
an  inquiry  from  Prescott  for  Multiplex  Phonographs,  which  he  said 
it  was  Prescott's  intention  to  ship  abroad,  but  he  put  the  price  so 
high,  that  Prescott  did  not  purchase,  and  he  wrote  him  a  very  stiff 
letter  besides. 

Now  what  I  want  to  do  is,  to  induce  Mr  Gress  to  sign  a 
letter  or  a  short  Agreement  which  will  give  us  the  right  to  have  a 
voice  in  the  policy  he  may  adopt  for  the  sale  of  his  machines  in  the-^ 
United  States,  and  if  I  had  ai  other  order  for  Multiplex*,  it  would 
aid  me  in  getting  something  for  nothing,  in  addition  to  which  we 
will  be  able  to  make  Multiplex  Machines  as  cheap  as  anybody  on 
future  orders,  with  the  Advantage  of  any  improvements  Gress  may 

In  regard  to  improvements,  he  has  spent  a  couple  of  hundred 


dollars  in  improving  the  machine  already,  andi  to  show  you  that  he 
is  acting  fairly,  when  our  Agreement  was  made,  Mr  Gress  Jr, 
inibrmed  me  that  the  Return  Device,  was  inclined  in  the  Patents 
sold  us,  and  he  believed  this  to  be  the  case,  gut  found  afterwards 
that  his  Father  did  not  own  that  Patent,  but  it  was  owned  by  a  man 
by  the  name  of  Dennis. 

He  has  recently  hunted  this  man  up,  and  after  some 
negotiation,  he  purchased  the  Patent  out  of  his  own  money,  and 
after  he  had  secured  it,  informed  me  of  the  transaction,  because 
as  he  said,  he  did  not  wish  me  to  think  that  he  had  bought  it, 
with  the  view  of  making  something  additional  out  of  us,  furthermore 
he  said  he  would  write  a  letter  which  I  suggested  should  be  filed 
with  our  Agreement  to  the  effect  that  we  shall  have  the  benefit  of 
this  Patent,  without  any  additional  cost  to  us,  which  I  expect  to 
receive,  but  there  may  be  a  condition,  that  if  we  do  no  business  in 
Multiplexs,  and  want  that  Patent,  that  he  should  expect  us  to  pay 
him  what  it  cost. 

I  am  also  endeavoring  to  get  a  sample  of  the  small 
Multiplex  machine,  of  which  they  only  have  a  single  model  now,  and 
the  Father  has  promised  to  have  one  made  for  me,  as  well  as  a  sample-- 
of  hiB  weight-motor  machine,  but  young  Gress  offered  the  opinion 
that  he  thought  it  would  not  be  good  policy  on  the  part  of  the 
English  Company  to  put  out  in  England  any  of  these  weight-motor 
machines  until  the  demand  for  the  present  type  of  Multiplex  Auto¬ 
matic  machines  began  to  wane,  and  there  may  be  somp  good  business 

sense  in  this. 

JMm&$carU  JZmtmd <U*mt  efw^. 

m/i/*/*Jtfffyrtarfp&-BH»iAu,A  .vMnxm,  3>mct««  l&idw/tM'MtL'Zv, 

London,  England. 

Dear  Sir:-  ORDER  for  TYPE  6  PHONOS:  with  BKTTIHI  ATTACHMENTS. 

Your  favor  of  June  15th,  has  somewhat  disconcerted  us, 
as  we  have  already  placed  an  order  with  Bettini  for  the  Micro¬ 
phonograph  Outfits  complete,  listed  at  $46.00,  and  50  of  them  are 
packed,  and  in  the  Express  office,  1-nt  addition  you  twill  notice 
that  our  contract  stipulates  Outfits,  and  tills  was  due  to  the  fact 
that  your  order,  and  cable  of  May  18th,  specified  'Outfits  listed 
at  $46. 

In  consequence  of  this  letter,  I  cabled  you  that  we  would 
not  be  aole  to  s  hip  the  goods,  but  since  then,  I  called  early  this 
morning  at  Bettini's  office,  and  agreed  upon  the  following. 

First,  That  we  should  keep  the  50  Outfits,  already  packed 
and  they  will  go  forward  on  the  Steamship  "UMBRIA"  sailing  June 
25th,  with  as  many  of  the  clockmotor  machines  for  them,  which  the 
Works  will  be  able  to  ship,  there  is  however  a  chance  of  their  not 
getting  them  into  us  from  Orange,  in  time  to  go  with  the  attach¬ 
ments,  but  we  hope  to.  accomplish  this,  if  not  however  they  will 
go  on  the  following  steamer. 

&Mm-.  &  $tem6uy. 

<§b/i/tm/j:  7//oriarft/,  Urn  &mU  .Mnwn/  SHmnSUrnf  7$itt/iw/t,7/L2ii.ffA  jn-mnn, 

Second,  When  youtforder  for  Typ'e  6,  was  received  by  us,  the 

writer  decided  not  to  give  the  whole  order  to  Bettini  at  once, 
because  he  thought  it  might  be  useful  to  have  a  reeerve  order  for- 
contingencies,  and  in  view  of  this  fact,  I  stated  to  Bettini  this 
morning  that  I  would  give  him  an  additional  order  for  100 
Reproducers,  if  he  would  change  our  present  orderrfor  250  Outfits, 
less  the  fifty,  I  have  agreed  to  accept,  and  make  the  order  for 
Reproducers  instead. 

to  Bettini 

This  will  make  now  a  total  order, ^after  deducting  the 
shipment  of  Outfits  on  the  UMBRIA,  of  300  Reproducers. 

Kindly  note  however,  that  in  ordering  the  portion  of 
your  order  for  Type  6,  which  is  made  by  the  Phonograph  Works,  I 
made  the  order  for  350  at  the  start,  so  that  the  Works,  should  not 
delay  us  in  the  manufacture  of  their  goods,  but  they  are  very  slow 
notwithstanding,  in  turning  them  out. 

Third,  Bettini  has  completed  250  or  more  Outfits, 
which  we  could  ship  at  once,  but  we  cannot  get  all  of  the  order 
of  the  Phonograph  Works,  for  their  portion  to  go  with  them,  but 
will  hurry  them  forward  as  rapidly  as  possible,  although  your 
letter  of  June  15th,  states  that  you  do  not  wish  anymore  Outfits 
shipped,  or  machines  of  Type  6,  as  we  take  it  until  we  receive 

<^ear/&k  Pram/euK  J/tMHtMjki <§t/r<)wn  &  MT/ttmtom 

<$ty/wn-  k  7//om>rfy.  K,  7/m;, /*,,/<  J£v* 

June  22nd,  June  23rd,  from  which  we  understand  that  you  want  shipp' 

immediately  250  of  Type  6,  as  well  as  all  other  big  Types,  asd  will 
act  upon  thi3  latter  understanding. 

Fourth,  Mr  Bettini  having  made  up  the  complete  Outfits 
in  conformity  with  our  original  order,  and  with  our  Agreement,  he 
was  very  loath  ,  indeed  to  cut  off  $1,440  worth  of  this  order, 
is  to  say  for  200Attachments  at  $7.20  each,  we  arrive  at  these 
figures  in  the  following  manner. 

250  Outfits  listed  at  $46.00  11,500. 

Less  50  shipped,  which  we  agreed  to  accept 

at  $46.  2. 300, 

Balance  equals  200  Outfits  at  $46.  9,200. 

Bettini  agrees  to  change  remainder  of  above 

order  to  200  Reproducers  at  $34.  list  6.800. 


40  %  off  960. 

This  balance  represents  the  reduction  on  1,440. 

the  order  to  Bettini. 

Bettini  has  agreed  to  the  above  reduction,  and  to  change 
the  order  to  Reproducers,  provided  that  we  order  the  whole  350 
Reproducers  shipped  within  three  months  from  the  date  of  the 
original  order,  which  1  have  agreed  to. 

.■/\/ u  S.  (Scar/ix). 



27  W  I  LLI  AM  STREET, 

Mr  Bettini  stated  to  me  that  he  sells  very  few  Reproduoer-p 
alone,  and  that  as  he  has  made  up  all  of  the  goods  for  our  order, 
the  Recorder  portion  of  the  Outfit,  is  a  loss  to  him,  because  he 
never  sells  Recorders  alone,  on  account  the  difficulty  of  adjusting 
to  the  other  portion  of  the  Outfit,  as  they  are  not  always  inter¬ 
changeable,  but  I  am  sending  you  a  couple  of  gauges  or  whatever  he 
calls  them  to  enable  you  to  adjust  the  outfits  correctly,  and  Mr 
Abbott,  who  has  been  with  Mr  Bettini  a  good  while,  stated  to  me 
that  therr  is  some  difficulty  in  adjusting  a  Recorder  to  the 
attachment,  unless  you  had  the  particular  Recorder  that  belongs  to 
a  certain  attachment,  that  is  the  back-rod  sleeve,  because  the 
smallest  kind  of  a  fraction  of  irregularity  in  the  little  square 
holes  that  the  Reoorder  fits  into  in  the  back  rod  attachment, 
would  mar  more  or  less  the  perfection  of  the  Record,  therefore  if 
you  should  fifid  this  t o  be  the  case,  and  the  Recorders  do  not  inter 
change  perfectly  in  the  50  complete  Outfits  that  we  are  sendii®  you 
you  had  better  be  careful, tax'-  note  when  you  take  them  out  of  the? 
boxes  the  particular  back-rod  sleeve  attachment,  that  belongs  to 
that  particular  Recorder,  as  we  understand  that  you  intend  to  do 
this,  and  deliver  only  Reproducers  to  the  English  Company,  notwith- 

jhftnp  S.  Scar/cJ.  Pm tt/onfi  (%/tiimt  &•  ^<W««  dteemfan/. 

Ste/Jtm  Jt  7/fonbrty.  fa,  .aftovy  m*d**  4 ,7™. 

standing  the  fact  that  m  are  obliged  to  ship  the  first  lot  as  50 

coraple  te  Outfit  s. 

Yours  very  truly, 



38  in  accompli  ah  irv^ 

.ill  thfes  F-honogt*#  h  bwiri  t?ss,  which  is  u 

Sec vntflr  •/, 

Se/i/c/f  JFMmrrfy.  7&  7&.M.,,/, 

3%<»HMjd  &  Mffimjem  dtamfary. 

MnUory  Sfoml fee'  jfc*. 


wmyi  wf/A/  (Qrrn^/m/^, 


S.  P,  Moriarty,  Esq., 
London,  England. 
Dear  Sir:- 

Your  Brother  informs  me  that  Russell  Hunting,  has  been 
working  for  months  upon  a  cable  Code  for  the  Phonograph  and  Grapho- 
phone  business,  and  that  Easton  has  ordered  30,000  of  them,  and 
the  National  Phonograph  Company,  20,000. 

This  Code  is  not  out  yet,  and  it  has  necessitated 
interviewing  the  different  Cable  Companies,  in  order  that  it  may 
not  interfere  with  other  Codes,  but  it  will  cover  everything  in 
connection  with  the  Phonograph  business,  and  every  complete 
machine  and  every  screw,  also  Records,  and  Blanks. 

These  Codes  to  be  sold  singly  for  25  cents  each,  arc! 
theyaare  to  be  used,  no  doQbt  for  flooding  the  foreign  territory, 
because  that  is  where  the  greatest  part  of  the  business  in 
America,  is  done,  although  it  can  be  used  for  telegraphing  in 
America,  though ' the  re  is  not  the  same  necessity. 

Your  Brother  informs  me  that  a  man  here  told  him  that  he 
can  buy  Phonographs  from  the  National  Company,  and  will  sell  them 
to  him  at  50£  off,  but  any  sale  to  him  at  that  price,  would  be  at 

cost,  and  a  i'avor* 

St/fAt/n,  &  77.77/<fM0/t'.  'Jiix/r/m’r/. 

Sb/t/tm*  M  7/tomir/l/,  7m  •  ^Tmuwy  GfiincUi:  7/Ih/7hv/iJ7/„7i tU/a  3m, 

The  National  Phonograph  Company,  insist  that  their  great¬ 
est  discount  to  anyone  is  40  %  off,  but  I  will  have  to  look  further 
into  this. 

Your  Brother  does  not  give  me  the  name  of  the  party,  and 
he  uses  his  own  judgement  in  regard  to  this. 

Yours  very  truly. 


P.S.  The  Works  are  working  on  a  new  Phonograph,  which  I  em  told 
is  to  be  listed  at  $15.00,  it  will  shave,  record,  and  reproduce, 
a  clock-motor. 

The  Phonograph  Works,  seemed  surprised  that  we  do  not  sell  any. 
of  the  HOME  type  of  Phonograph,  they  say  they  sell  a  great  many  of® 
them,  and  that  the  STANDARD  does  not  seem  to  have  affected  their 
sales,  but  of  course  you  will  realize  that  the  STANDARD  is  the 
newest  machine,  and  has  not  been  advertised,^ 

Would  it  not  be  well  for  the  Edison-Bell  to  order  some  of 
these  for  use  in  Australia,  and  such  Countries,  and  if  they  do, 
state  whether  they  would  like  to  have  their  name  on  them. 

The  Phonogcope  mailed  you  last  week,  by  your  Brother  give 
an  advertisement  of  it,  and  an  article  on  the  subject. 

jffi/rn-  S.&aw/fj.  Mvtofae 

$(c/,/on-  7/77tim,rr/i/  ?<%>  2LM»t 

.  (D/I/'/km/i 

J Vionwjjd  Sefami 

'pZ/mtort/  SH-mfoK’ 

&  7't.77hrZi0m  Secmfary. 

77ihZ/i  n>/t'7/Z<  7tt  ///r4  Jntt, 


S.  F,  Moriarty,  'Esq., 
London,  England. 
Dear  Sir:- 

Kindly  note  that  we  have  forwarded  Drafts,  aggregating 
a  total  of  $11,140.  in  accordance  with  our  recent  cable  to  you 
announcing  the  Drafts  had  been  negotiated,  which  means  that  Drafts 
or  Bills  of  Exchange  drawn  on  the  Edison-Bell  Consolidated  Company 
have  been  sold,  covering  all  shipments  to  June  11th. 

Mr  Searles  stated  that  he  would  not  advance  any  more 
money,  and  has  not  permitted  me  to  place  the  orders  received  from 
you  for  200  Type  4  Phonographs,  dated  June  15th,  and  2,000  Tin 
Funnels  dated  June  15th,  the  first  having  been  cabled,  but  your 
advice  of  June  15th,  as  above  cabled  has  just  came  to  hand. 

We  sent  you  yesterday  a  copy  of  letter  written  Mr  Searles 
asking  for  $2,500  for  Gress,  and  the  reasons  given  in  that  letter 
were  supplementary  to  a  letter  written  Mr  Searles  two  days  before 
asking  for  that  check,  as  I  consider  it  important  that  we  should 
have  it,  in  order  to  enable  us  to  hurry  forward  the  machines,  and 
the  reason  X  went  so  much  into  detail  was  to  show  to  Mr  Searles 
that  I  thought  Grass  could  be  of  some  servuce  to  us,  and  thereby 
give  an  additional  reason  for  his  advancing  the  jnoney. 

Jv/mSa  fmr/ej.  77™;,/,,.,/: 

Slf/i/imi-  A  7//oi/,rr/i/,  7m -  j&aMu/, 



We  are  just  in  receipt  of  a  letter  from  Mr  Searleo,  in 
which  he  has  declined  to  give  me  the  §2,500.  until  we  receive  a 
further  remittance  from  you,  and  payment  to  the  Works  and  for  other 
things now  depends  also  upon  our  realizing  upon  Drafts,  which  we 
expect  to  continue  drawing  for  each  invoice  we  ship  for  the  second 
half,  and  hope  to  receive  quickly  a  remittance  from  you,  from  which 
we  can  draw  for  the  first  half  of  the  invoices. 

We  cannot  be  without  money  if  the  English  Company  want 
the  goods  hurried  forward,  and  you  will  doubtless  realize  that 
when  we  give  out  a  contract,  such  as  Gress'  for  Multiplex,  that  tig 
factory  in  most  of  the  parts  will  complete  the  full  thousand  before 
they  are  able  to  assemble  any,  I  refer  to  such  parts  as  are  turned 
out  by  machine  work,  therefore  it  takes  money,  and  this  is  a  large 

I  am  writing  this  hastily  just  before  the  closing  of  tu 
mail,  so  please  do  not  criticise,  as  I  am  just  trying  to  give  you 
some  idea. 

If  you  can  send  us  a  little  money  before  waiting  for  the 
250  of  each  of  the  large  Types,  why  send  it  on,  and  then  you  will 
realize  that  we  are  making  no  money  on  flo.  2,  and  we  are  practical* 

Jt>/m  <£.  <£cm'h).  MauMtX  &/Airm  &  ^<W««  sBrw^ 

paying  cash  for  them,  notwithstanding  all  this  however,  I  have 
written  to  Mr  Searles,  that  we  must  trynto  finance  the  machine 

I  have  not  heard  from  the  Works  yet  about  the  tin  lined 

Please  remember  that  the  4th  of  July  is  a  holiday,  next 


Yourw  very  truly, 

a,o-t  ^ 

/wS.S'car/ix).  MnnWents 
Sfr/i/tm  M  T/lmmrfi/,  7<%.  %*»  ', 

&.  7777Ummi/,  aSeentnry, 
Wnt/tw/iM&if/ei  JThu, 



/^y/r^^June  27th.  1398.  //$$_ 

S.  S’.  Moriarty,  Esq., 

London,  England, 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  cabled  you  to-day  asking  you  whether  you  thought  itm 
would  be  advisable  to  take  out  Patents  for  the  Multiplex  in  other 
foreign  countries. 

We  realize  that  we  own  Patents  which  would  'in  all  probabil¬ 
ity  enable  us  to  prevent  the  use  of  these  machines  in  certain 
countries,  but  the  Patents  are  running  out,  and  there  are  no  end  of 
small  types  of  Phonographs  on  the  market,  but  there  has  not  yet 
appeared  a  Phonograph  of  the  type  of  the  Multiplex,  and  Mr  Gross, 
as  you  are  aware  has  a  small  type,  which  I  think  our  Company  can 
find  a  place  for  at  the  proper  time,  and  I  would  like  very  much 
to  be  able  to  preserve  a  monopoly  for  this  type  of  machinee,  it>r  I 
think  it  will  take,  not  only  for  the  slot  business,  but  ultimately 
as  a  commercial  machine,  therefore  please  give  me  the  benefit  of 
your  views  in  the  matter  at  your  early  convenience. 

It  seems  to  us  that  it  will  be  an  advantage  to  own  Patent® 
for  this  Type  of  machine  in  other  Countries  than  those  referred  to 
ih  our  agreement’ with  the  Multiplex  Phonograph  Co.  and  the  Patent 
for  Great  Britain  will  probably  be  issued  about  the  30th  of  June, 

<§tr/i/tM  </:  ?7/m'arft/,  7m  Mnw/a 

.p/r/mwrt/  Gfiincteir 


therefore  a  law  which  I  believe  is  a  new  law,  provides  that  a 
United  States  Patent  will  not  be  issued  unless  it  is  applied  for 
within  I  think  seven  months  from  the  date  of  the  issuance  of  tai 
British  Patent,  and  the  granting  of  Patents  in  foreign  countries 
are  controlled  by  the  date  of  the  English  Patent  with  modificar 
tions  for  different  countries. 

For  instance  the  1  aw  in  relation  to  the  Australian  Colonial 
permits  the  filing  of  an  application  until  the  disclusure  of  the 
invention  in  the  Colonies,  that  is  to  say  the  British  Patent  Office 
notify  their  Colonies  when  a  Patent  is  issued,  but  we  are  not  sure 
whether  the  notification  is  made  immedeately  upon  the  issuance  of 
the  Patent,  or  whether  they  wait  until  they  get  a  batch  of  Patents 
before  they  notify  their  coolonies. 

If  this  is  strictly  true,  and  wo  desire  to  file  an  applies 
tion  in  any  or  all  of  the  Colonies  of  Australia,  we  would  be 
limited  to  the  time  of  iheir  notification  of  the  granting  of  tils' 
Patent  in  Great  Britain  for  the  Multiplex. 

The  cost  would  be  about  $100.  for  each  Colony,  or  each 
Patent,  for  for  instance  South  Australia,  West  Australia,  Hew 
Zealdnd,  etc. 

mr/tMH'  ///rnwr/t/,  7/w  ZkutWrji/t  '  ^4/j*/v/ 

&  Mffimjeni  eSternfay 


Norway  &  Brazil,  are  two  other  Countries,  which  would  be’ 
effected  by  the  date  of  the  granting  of  the  British  Patent,  but 
other  Countries  would  give  us  more  time,  but  of  these  I  will  know 

more  about  later. 

UNDULY  IN  THIS  CONNECTION.  The  inforimtion  is  given  me  voluntarily 
by  Mr  Stockman,  who  is  Gress'  Patent  Lawyer,  and  he  has  an  axe  to 
grmg  in  wishing  us  to  take  out  as  many  Patents  as  possible  through 
him,  which  we  would  be  obliged  to  do  in  any  Multiplex  matter,  but 
W-1  and  have  not  yet  even  spoken  of  it  to  Mr  Searles. 

This  Mr  Stockman  ,  I  think,  will  do  what  is  right  by  us, 
and  will  include  everything  possible  in  the  Patent*,  and  ittwill  not 
be  long  before  we  get  the  British  Patent  in  our  own  hands. 

THIS  LETTER,  but  I  will  try  to  confirm  it  by  a  later  mail,  I  refer 
particularly  to  that  portion  relating  the  law  on  patents. 

Yours  very  truly, 


New  York,  June  27th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

Your  Personal  and  Confidential  letter  of  June  16th, 
is  just  to  hand,  and  I  note  that  you  are  trying  to  get  another 
Order  for  400  of  Type  4,  16  Cylinder  Clock-motor  Machines,  this  is 
very  gratifying  indeed,  and  I  will  do  my  utmost  to  push  the  work 
along,  but  you  will  realize  how  exasperating  it  is  to  have  orders, 
and  not  be  able  to  place  them,  because  we  have  not  the  money  on 
deposit  to  pay  for  them,  and  Mr  Searle s  will  not  let  me  order  the 
goods,  until  we  have,  but  I  am  cabling  you  to-day,  asking  whether 
we  can  draw  at  sight  for  the  first  half  of  the  shipments,  and  at 
40  days  for  the  second  half,  which  would  fix  things  all  right. 

The  reason  I  cabled  was  because  your  cables  to  us  of 
June  22nd,  23rd,  24th,  seem  to  really  counteract  your  instructions 
in  your  letter  of  June  16th,  to  me  relating  to  Drafts! 

We  have  no  trouble  negotiating  the  Drafts,  which  are 
drawn  to  the  order  of  Mr  Searles,  but  they  should  be  drawn  to  the 
order  of  "ourselves",  and  endorsed  fey  the  Company  to  Mr  Searles, 
but  it  is  not  a  matter  of  real  importance. 

The  Edison-Bell  must  be  much  surprised  at  the  business 
you  are  working  up  for  them,  and  I  should  think  they  were  really 
under  obligations  to  grant  almost  anything  you  ask. 

The  cost  of  the  Type  4  machines,  to  us,  for  tte  order  of 
200  will  be  $30.00  f.o.b.  New  York,  and  if  I  !had  the  order  for  400 
so  that  I  could  put  it  in  at  the  same  time,  1  thihk  I  could  get  a 

reduction  in  th«&price,  but  Gilmore  will  not  grant  it  on  the  200. 

All  this  business  certainly  should  have  its  influence  in 
the  quotation  on  the  Stock  Exchange  for  the  Preferences  and 
Debentures,  also  in  the  negotiation  of  the  Continental  Company, 
as  you  suggest. 

X  am  doing  my  very  utmost  to  get  these  big  machines  off, 
including  the  Multiplex,  but  notwithstanding  the  fact  that  the 
Cabinets  were  shipped  on  the  16th  of  June  from  the  West,  they  did 
not  arrive  here  until  June  25th,,  and  this  has  delayed  our  shipment 
of  these  machines,  but  you  cannot  turn  machines  out  by  majic,  and  I 
am  after  them  all  the  time. 

They  will  come  however  fast  enough  as  soon  as  they  get 


Mr  Searles  is  improving,  and  doing  more  business,  but  he 
has  not  come  to  town  yet,  and  I  want  to  have  a  talk  with  him  as 
soon  as  possihle  I 

I  note  your  wish  for  the  latest  improvement  in  everything 
and  I  will  send  you  a  barrel  of  the  best  standard  Records,  probably 
by  Saturday's  steamer. 

I  have  alreadjr  shipped  you  Bettini  Records,  and  written 
you  very  fully  in  regard  to  Bettini. 

Please  note  that  when  you  order  a  barrel  of  Records,  or 
any  other  small  order  of  this  kind,  we  understand  that  it  is  for 
samples  or  for  use  by  the  London  Offioe,  therefore  we  bill  it  direct." 
to  you,  and  not  to  the  English  Company,  although  Mr  Searles  objeots 
to  my  ordering  goods  unless,  we  can  be  paid  for  thejn,  but  the  last 


few  orders  of  this  kind  that  I  have  made  for  Records,  Horn,  and 
other  things,  I  have  done  so  on  my  own  responsibility,  ard  X  do  not 
know  what  he  will  say,  when  I  ask  him  to  pay  the  bills. 

Yours  very  truly, 

/  /  /  /  /  f  C-t  r  </  C!  i 

p,s’  In  your  personal  letter  to  Mr  Searles  dated  June  16th,  you 
state  that  if  you  get  an  order  for  400  more  Large  Spring  Morots 
Type  4,  it  will  nett  a  total  of  900  machines. 

I  make  it  as  follows. 

First  order . 150. 

Second  Order . 200 

Prospective  order .  400 

Total.  750 

New  York,  June  28th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty:-  PERSONAL. 

I  am  duly  in  receipt  of  your  Personal  letter  of  June 
16th,  in  relation  to  your  Brother  acting  for  you  under  certain 
conditions,  as  Agent  for  the  sale  of  Phonographs,  which  I  have  duly 
noted,  and  also  note  that  you  will  confirm  this  letter  officially 
by  a  later  mail. 

I  will  do  everything  in  my  power  to  aid  him  in  the 
matter,  and  try  to  get  some  of  the  business,  which  goes  through 
Commission  Merchants  to  foreign  territory,  but  please  give  me  your 
views  also  in  regard  to  any  sales  he  cay  make  or  have  the  opportunist/ 
of  making  for  other  countries  than  those  controlled  by  the  Edison- 
BeH  Company,  because  he  will  meet  with  inquiries. 

You  refer  in  your  letter  to  Central  America  a«l  Mexico, 
neither  of  these  Countries  appear  in  the  Prospectus  of  the  Edison- 
Bell  Consolidated  Phonograph  Company,  Limited,  and  we  have  the 
Patents  for  Mexico  in  our  safe. 

We  wrote  you  a  mail  or  two  back  in  regard  to  the  prices 
paid  by  J.  H.  Bunnell  &  Co.,  and  others  for  machines,  and  the  price 
at  which  they  were  selling  them,  also  some  price-lists  which  will 
give  you  the  prices  at  which  all  Phonograph  goods  are  sold  in  New 
York,  and  we  presume  that  in  fixing  the  prices  cat  which  your  Brother 
will  be  permitted  to  sell,  you  will  take  all  this  into  account. 

4s  we  have  stated  J.  H.  Bunnell  &  Co.,  give  one -third  off 
ln  lots  of  10»  and  we  Presume  that  they  will  give  a  better  discount 

in  large  quantities,  although  we  have  been  advised  by  the  National 
Phonograph  Company,  that  their  maximum  discount  is  40#,  but  your 
Brother  will  have  an  opportunity  in  all  probability  of  ascertaining 
whether  ihis  statement  can  be  relied  upon,  and  our  object  in  call¬ 
ing  your  attention  to  these  fhcts  is  that  you  may  not  fix  the  price 
too  high,  because  if  you  do,  ho  will  not  sell  any  goods. 

How  to  handle  this  territory  seems  a  rroblem,  because  we 
know  that  the  English  Company  get  better  prices  than  the  goods  are 
sold  by  pirates  here  for  export,  but  he  will  get  into  it,  and  we 
will  meet  the  occasion  when  it  comes,  and  use  whatever  influence  we 
may  have  or  can  obtain  through  Mr  Searles  in  securing  if  possible 
the  co-operation  of  Mr  Edison. 

I  note  all  the  details  in  your  letter,  and  particularly 
that  you  do  not  wish  the  mention  of  his  name  or  anyone  else  in 
connection  with  the  matter,  other  than  the  Edison  United  Phonograph 
Company.  • 

Ste/i/ww  Jt  Mnavfc  7,W,  ZUiUi  .aUviny  3Kmto«  mj/wfrMfid/* 

London,  England, ' 
Dear  Sir:- 

I  regret  to  say  that  no  Multiplex  are^yet  shipped,  but 
shipments  will  commence  next  week,  and  after  that  will  come  rapidly 

You  have  no  idea  of  the  work  and  difficulties  met  with 
in  getting  out  this  order  for  Multiplex,  and  you  must  realize  that 
no  very  great  quantity  of  these  machines  had  been  manufactured 
until  we  placed  our  order,  in  addition  to  which  the  manufacturers 
have  found  faults  in  tools  and  patterns,  which  had  to  be  corrected, 
and  cost  them  at  least  $800.  for  tools  which  they  had  not  calculate 
on,  and  they  are  makix®-  no  money  on  the  order,  yet  they  are  giving 
the  work  precedence  over  everything  else,  and  I  have  been  over 
there  numbers  of  times,  and  know  that  they  are  doing  their  utmost. 

The  improvements  which  appear  in  the  first  machines  we 
will  send! you,  I  think  can  be  still  further  improved  upon,  and  I 
have  called  the  attention  of  Mr  Gross,  Seniqr,  to  two  or  three 
little  thngs,  and  think  he  will  succeed  in  removing  these  little 
ob je  ctions. 

There  has  also  been  an  improvement  made  in  the  slot 
mechanism,  in  the  present  mechanism,  a  fault  exists  in  the  fact 

£1Plmarfi/.  7m~  TLMnt, 


.  eft/ndon/  &>im(trK 

S.  $ear.6i,n/. 


1 1  LLI  AM  STREET, 

that  if  a  man  happens  to  drop  a 'second  penny  in  the  slot,  before 
.  and  run  the  battery  out 

the  first  penny  is  ejected  it  is  liable  to  block  the  machine, A and 

this  fault  we  think  is  remidied,  although  the  correction  may  not 
be  made  on  the  first  shipment  or  two. 

There  are  one  or  too  other  little  things  in  connection 
with  the  slot,  which  will  make  it  more  reliable,  and  no  trouble  or 
expense  has  been  spared  in  trying  to  make  these  machines  perfect. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Secre  tar  y. 


Jt  fttmartt/,  zkut/etttc 


S.  fyfflr/M&nt  <&em6»ry. 
f$n//nryt'7MUtttt/es  t/rmMt 


s.  F.  Mori  arty,  Esq., 
London,  England. 
Dear  Sir:- 


Mr  Searles  states  that  the  Fidelity  and  Deposit  Company 
are  writing  him  again  insisting  upon  an  immediate  settleirent  of 
the  E.  U.  P.  Co.,  as  he  expresses  it,  and  requested  us  to  cable  yoUj, 
This  Fidelity  Company  demand  a  statement  of  the  standing 
of  this  Company,  its  assets  and  liabilities,  in  accordance  with 
their  form,  and  we  do  not  wish  to  give  them  a  report  of  the  condi¬ 
tion  of  this  Company  as  it  stands  at  present^  and  have  been  delayirtf 
the  matter  in  the  hope  that  the  £40,000.  of  preferences  and  deben¬ 
tures  would  be  sold,  but  it  looks  as  if  they  would  insist  upon  it 
very  shortly. 

The  telegram  however  that  was  sent  to-day,  we  hope  will 
enable  Mr  Searles  to  give  them  a  satisfactory  reply,  and  put  the 
matter  off  until  we  can  hear  from  you  by  letter,  with  the  inftorma* 
tion  asked  for  and  an  exact  statement,  as  to  what  this  Compaiy  owns 
at  this  date  in  the  Edison  Bell  Consolidated  Phonograph  Co.,  Ltd., 
and  the  value  of  such  assets,  and  if  any  liabilities,  a  statement 
of  these. 

We  do  not  understand  how  younwill  be  able  to  use  the  Large 

Jr>/ni  S.  <Sea,r/aJ.  /%a  ,'t/eut. 

<§Ic/i/mi/  M  fthmartt/.  JS»  Bbu>&h6 

&  TiT/fortiom  &et»r./ri,ry. 





Spring  motors  with  Bettini  Reproducers,  unless  you  have  some  horns 
as  no  other  horn  than  the  Bettini  horn  fits  it,  unless  you  are 
having  them  made  there,  which  would  probably  deprive  us  of  any 

ft  >i 

Bettini  charges  extra  for  the  Horns  on  every  order. 
Yours  very  truly, 


New  York,  July  5th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Mori  arty: -PERSONAL. 

I  am  duly  in  receipt  of  your  Personal  letter  of  June  24th 
with  copy  of  letter  to  Mr  Searles  of  same  date,  and  note  contents. 

I  thirds  the  prospect  for  the  future  looks  very  encouraging 
and  I  feel  inspired  to  do  everything  X  possibly  can  to  aid  you  in 
making  the  Company  a  success,  in  fact  I  have  been  working  very  hard 
indeed,  with  a  good  deal  of  worry  about  everything,  and  a  great 
deal  of  anxiety  about  money  matters,  because  Mr  Searles  is  not 
disposed  to  let  me  draw  against  the  £5,000.  which  you  sent  him 
April  22nd,  the  currency  value  of  which  is  $24,187.50,  and  as  the 
Phonograph  Works,  and  Gress  and  Bettini  all  need  money,,  and  we  want 
to  get  the  goods  off  promptly,  it  requires  a  good  deal  of  manage¬ 
ment  to  make  them  wait  for  their  money  when  bills  are  past  due,  and 

at  the  same  time,  keep  them  interested  in  pushing  the  orders  along, 
because  you  will  realize  that  we  pay  these  people  more  money  than 
we  receive  for  the  second  half  of  the  invoices  we  draw  for,  and 
the  _5?rSt/.half  bas  n0t  b0sn  Paid*  80  1  Pay  one  man  his  bill  and 
make^until  we  get  another  Draft,  and  then  pay  the  second  fellow, 
and .make  the  first  one  wait,  gradually  creeping  up  and  gaining 
a  /ittle  more  time  all  the  while,  and  in.  this  way  we  have  succeeded 
so  far  in  working  out  the  problem,  but  the  Works  are  now  calling 
for  the  remainder  of  the  first  invoices  which  were  shipped,  and  I 
do  not  know  at  this  writing  how  we  will'con*  out,  but  I  will  do  the 

Grass  wanted  some  money  which  I  could  not  give  to  him, 
which  I  regret,  but  do  not  bother  about  the  matter,  as  I  realize 
you  have  done  everything  possible  to  make  another  remittance. 

I  note  that  you  seem  to  have  been  mislead  by  one  of  our 
cables  asking  for  money,  but  the  cable  was  sent  as  directed  by  Mr. 
Searles,  and  I  thought  you  would  understand  that  it  referred  to  the 
money  in  the  Western  National  Bank,  as  the  £5,000.  had  been  with¬ 
drawn  by  Mr  Searles,  April  23rd,  and  we  have  not  counted  upon  it, 
or  at  least  could  not  get  any  of  it,  and  as  I  wrote  you,  I  placed 
the  matter  fully  before  Mr  Searles. 

I  am  glad  to  hear  you  have  been  so  successfully  with  the 
Continental  Company,  I  know  full  well,  what  wonderful  things  you 
have  accomplished  over  there,  and  I  appreciate  now  better  than  ever 
the  difference  in  the  methods  of  doung  business,  and  the  difference 
in  the  character  of  a  foreigner  and  an  American. 

I  enclose  in  this  letter  a  Stamp  Tax  Table,  showing  what 
it  c o st 8  to  forward  Drafts,  this  is  the  new  lawto  help  pay  for  this 
war,  and  it  amounts  to  a  good  deal  when  you  realize  that  we  stamp 
every  Bill  of  Lading,  every  Check  or  Draft,  every  Receipt,  every 
cable,  etc. 

Will  you  kindly  refer  to  the  Company's  letters  to  you  of 
June  10th,  and  I  believe  a  later  date  in  regard  to  stamping  the 
name  of  the  Edison-Bell  Company  upon  the  Speakers. 

I  wrote  you  at  some  length  at  this  time,  and  called  your 
attention  to  the  fact  that  the  Works  would  discontinue  stamping  the 


name  of  the  National  Company,  but  would  substitute  instead,  the 
Edison  Phonograph  Works  on  all  Speakers,  and  thus  avoid  the  necessi^* 
of  stamping  some  of  tiiem  for  the  National  and  soma  of  them  for  the 
Edison-Bell,  and  for  other  Companies  perhaps,  but  we  gave  you  all 
the  points,  and  would  like  to  hear  from  you,  as  they  will  not  dis¬ 
continue  stamping  the  National  Company,  until  they  know  our  wishes* 

Will  you  kindly  note  that  we  have  lately  shipped  you  two 
shipments  of  Musical  Records  from  Bettini,  one  barrel  of  Records 
purchased  from  the  National  Company  at  20  cents  each,  and  we  are 
ordering  some  Horns  and  extra  parts  for  the  Bettini  attachments. 

All  of  these  orders  have  come  from  you,  we  believe 
personally,  or  rather  for  our  Company,  could  you  not  give  us 
prices  so  that  we  can  bill  them  to  the  Edison-Bell,  and  collect 
payment,  otherwise  we  pay  for  them  here,  and  get  nothing  in  return. 

I  mention  this  because  Mr  Searles  objects  to  paying  for 
goods  for  which  we  do  not  receive  payment,  and  I  expect  to  have  aom<L, 
criticism  from  him  in  regard  to  some  of  these  bills,  which  I  mailed 
last  night  to  him,  asking  for  Cheoks,  as  I  ordered  the  goods  without- 
consulting  him,  as  X  was  afraid  that  he  would  at  least  delay  the 

While  at  Bettini' s  office  this  morning,  X  noticed  some 
little  attachments  which  fit  over  the  mouth  of  the  Bettini  attach¬ 
ments,  reducing  them  to  the  size  of  the  ferrules  of  the  ordinary 
speaking  and  hearing  tubes  and  Speakers,  so  that  by  putting  one  of 
these  things  on  a  Bettini  attachment,  you  can  attach  the  ordinary 

hearing  tubes,  and  are  independent  of  the  big  Bettini  horns. 

I  an  sending  you  two  dozen  of  these,  which  are  listed  at 
60  cents  each,  and  it  seems  to  me  that  you  could  make  quite  a 
feature  of  this  in  talking  up  the  sale  of  these  goods,  as  it 
enables  you  to  use  the  Bettini  attachment  with  eifeher  the  Bettini 
horns  or  the  ordinary  Horns,  or  tubes. 

Bettini  has  not  gotten  0ff  some  of  the  extra  goods  that 
I  have  ordered,  as  he  could  not  get  them  from  the  manufacturer,  but 
they  will  be  sent  as  Boon  as  possible.  With  kind  regards  to  Mrs. 

Moriarty  and  yourself. 

Yours  very  truly, 

r  jLc-  oo 


'yyi.  -if- ^ j  AA  CO  . 

j7(j/m$.$:ar7a),  77m, We„/: 

Stt/i/m*  J7.  flt&niurfy,  7w  fflmu&Htt 

Mrtaori/  Sh'm/mr' 

& 7/,.77/c‘r/jiem  afw/K^wv/ 

My  dear  Mr.  Moriarty:- 

I  have  carefully  read  all  your  letters  up  to 
and  including  that  of  .the  24th.  of  June  and  X  am.  sorry  to  see  that  up 
to  date  you  have  he On  unable  to  consummate  the  sale  of  the  Preference' 
shares  and  so  relievo  tho  Company  from  embarrassment. 

I  have  been  followed  to  tho  privacy  of  my  country  place. 
Where  I  am  seeking  strength  and  recuperation  ,  by  the  officers  of  the 
Fidelity  Company,  insisting  upon  a  statement  showing  the  position  of 
•the  E.  U.  P.  Co.,  A  statement  showing  the  situation  as  it  stands  to¬ 
day  would  be  disastrous  and  I  have  been  on  one  pretext  and  another 
fighting  the  matter  off  daily  hoping  to  hoar  from  you  with  a  remit¬ 

I  believe  what  you  state  in  your  latter,  that,  you  have  done 
all  you  could  to  -this  end.  It  simply  remains  that  it  is  unfortunate 
wo  are  placed  in  this  position. 

Now  concerning  the  financing  of  the  orders  of  the  London 
Company,  the  position  in  which  Mr.  Annin  has  placed  you  is  unfortunate 
and  extremely  uncomfortable  here.  The  £3,000  which  you  first  remit¬ 
ted  was  remitted  tho  Western  National  Bank  to  be  drawn  against  one- 
half  the  invoice  and  was  exhausted  in  that  form  of  drafts  some  time 

Tho  £5,000  which  you  remitted  was  in  response  to  my  letter, 
stating  .that,  we  had  been  obliged  to  advance  in  order  to  get  machines 

jfa/i/ii.  S.  H-aic/eiit: 

of  7>ie  Zirju7e»/i 


$.M7?tw7ri0m  Seavta/nj. 


s;  P-  "•  (2)  _ ML. 

$11,600.  to  Edison  and  .that  we  ought  to^ljayo  for  advancos  of  this  kind 
a  remittance  from  London.  I  understood  that  tha  £5,000  was  to  cover 
advances  of  this  kind  and  think  1  so  wrote  you  on  receipt  of  .the  money. 

We  have  paid,  regardless  of  the  delivery  of  machines,  $11,500 
to  Edison  and  $5,000.  additional  to  Gross  and  Mr.  Morison  is  tagging 
mo  for  $3,500.  more  for  Grass  in  order  to  facilitate  his  tusinoss,  he 

having  bought  new  machines  to  economize  the  cost  of  tha  phonographs 
thereby . 

Then  we  gave  $3,500.  to  Be.ttini,  for  which  you  secured,  how¬ 
ever,-  a  special  remittance. 

When  wo  have  shipped  the  first  5,000.  of  the  No.  3.,  we 
shall  have  recovered  $5,000.  of  the  $11,500.  through  the  difference  in 
prica,  but,  unfortunately,  your  contract  for  the  second  5,000  is  at 
$9.00  leaving  us  no  margin  on  which  to  recoup  ourselves  for  the  bal¬ 
ance.  This  must  be  made  up  on  the  Spring  Motor  machines,  where,  fortu¬ 
nately,  wo  have  a  margin  for  saving,  but  meanwhile,  as  you  know,  wo 
have  to  give  Edison  three  fourths  of  his  invoices  on  shipment  from 
this  side  and  Bottini  and  Grass  the  whole  amount  on  shipment. 

By  your  last  letter,  I  notice  that  the  London  Company  are 
disposed  to  stand  on  the  technical,  requirement  that  first  payments 
shall,  bo  made  on  receipt  of  .the  Bill  Lading  in  London.  .The  suggestion 
which  I  made  to  Morison, and  which  you  have  assented  .to,  for  forty  day 
drafts  for  second  half  of  invoice  enables  us  to  recoup  ourselves  in 

J/o/m-  S.  $:ar/eJ.  MuitTmt 

$(e/t/wn/  j/t  Mmmfy.  Ttm  7?mrt/euf< 

777toituir>Ji7-  <§</<4f/n; 


77.  77;77U)'0<»)/,  $«cret<i/ri/. 

Mtrf/tm/tMfatTr,  ,7?r„.Mr 

27  Wl  LL1  AM  STREET, 

s.  p.  m.  (3)  _ //s?.9 

part.  Can  you  not  arranga  also  that  Vr^shall  draw  a  sight,  or  3  day's 
sight  draft1,  td  ha  attached  to  B/L  for  the  first  half?  With  this  ar¬ 
rangement,  if  they  will  allow  the  #5,000  advanced  to  remain  as  advances 
wo  can  get  along  temporarily. 

I  am  glad  to  see  that  you  are  hopeful  of  closing  soon  the 
Continental  Company,  with  a  strong  Board  independent  of  your  present 
associates,  and  X  hope  to  hoar  also  that  you  have  come  to  some  settle¬ 
ment  with  the  Stollwerck  business  as  well. 

If,  as  X  hoped,  you  had  closed  this  latter  negotiation  by 
this  .time,  I  was  prepared  to  place  the  Cotton  Company  matter  in  your 
hands  on  a  basis  which  would  afford  a  splendid  opportunity  for  realiz¬ 
ing  a  handsome  profit,  but  I  do  not  want  you  to  .take  up  too  many 
things  at  once,  but,  rather,  bend  all  your  energies  .to  the  getting  of 
the  E.  U.  P.  Co.  in  shape  first.  If  by  .the  time  you  receive  this, 
you  have  succeded  in  closing  this  negotiation,  let  mo  know  by  cable 
whether  it  would  suit  you  to  take  up  -the  Cotton  business. 

I  am  slowly  regaining  my  strength,  bat  my  physician  forbids 
my  going  to  New  York  for  some  time  to  come,  insisting  that  I  shall  re‘- 
main  hero  until  I  fully  recuperate  my  strength  and  make  good  the  nerve 
waste  which  overwork  has  produced. 

I  shall  be  only  too  glad  if  the  business  of  the  E.  U.  P.  Co 
as  you  prophecy,  attains  such  importance  as  to  relieve  myself  of  many’ 

minor  matters  and  dovotd  more  timo  to  it  in  the  future. 

Yours  very  truly,  ' 

Now  York,  July  6th,  1898. 

My  Dear  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

Mr  Gilmore  called  to-day,  and  I  had  a  talk  with  him,  or 
rather  he  did  most  of  the  talking,  and  I  was  very  guarded  in  what  I 
had  to  say,  however  I  think  both  Edison  and  Gilmore  want  to  do  what 
is  fair  to  us. 

1  realize  that  these  men  are  always  plausible,  but  as  I 
have  written  you  before,  they  are  taking  measures  to  protect  the 
name  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  wherever  it  is  made  use  of  without  Mr. 
Edison' 8  consent,  and  they  are  trying  to  educate  the  people  to 
understand  that  the  name  of  Thomas  A.  Edison  is  a  guarantee  for 
perfect  Phonographs. 

Mr  Gilmore  assured  me  that  the  greatest  disoount  on 
Phonographs  and  Supplies  given  by  the  National  Phonograph  Company 
is  40  and  very  few  get  this. 

Their  usual  disoount  is  from  30  to  33  \/h  %. 

I  told  him  that  in  all  probability  I  would  confront  him 
with  so  me  facts  in  connection  with  illegal  machines,  and  he  gave  me 
every  assurance  that  he  would  give  our  Company  all  the  aid  in  his 
power  to  run  down  these  infringers. 

He  says  that  at  one  time  J.  H.  Bunnell  &  Co.,  of  this 
City  did  a  large  kxxxxsqc  busineB?,  but  he  did  not  know  that  he  was 
a  factor  in  the  export  trade,  at  all  events  he  says,  that  the 
business  of  these  infringers  is  not  as  great  as  it  was,  and  he 
thinks  that  they  can  gradually  be  run  out,  but  1  realize  that  he 

Gilmore  sees  now  that  we  can  do  the  business,  and  he  is  more  ready 
to  aid  us  in  consideration  of  our  large  orders,  therefore  it  does 
not  matter  to  us  what  the  motive  may  be,  if  we  can  get  any  aid  from 
either  Edison  or  Gilmore  in  trying  to  suppress  these  infringers,  we 
need  not  hesitate  to  accept  it,  and  I  feel  that  we  can  accomplish 
something,  and  rauld  like  to  have  any  inibrmation  or  data  that  you 
can  send  with  a  view  to  ascertaining  the  real  facts,  and  get  their 
support  if  they  will  give  it. 

I  think  I  can  handle  this  man  with  good  judgement,  and 
I  feel  that  they  are  disposed  to  give  us  better  price.s  than  to  any 
other  person,  X  mean  that  they  will  really  do  this,  and  when  you 
seiu{on  another  order,  which  I  hope  you  will  do  before  long,  I  will 
make  an  effort  to  get  better  figures  than  we  are  paying  now. 

He  8ays/to  use  his  expression  "in  referring  to  prices 
"that  Prescott  was  not  in  it  with  us". 

Some  months  ago  Mr  Searles  had  a  talk  with  Mr  Edison  and 

Mr  Gilmore,  and  it  had  some  reference  to  a  proepective  Agreement 

between  Edison  and  this  Company,  with  a  view  to  the  protection  of 

the  United  Company  and  some  advantage^be  gained  by  Edison  through  a 
closer  relationship  with  this  Company. 

Nothing  however  resulted  from  this  talk,  but  Mr  Edison 
so  Gilmore  says  is  now  more  inclined  to  look  with  favor  upon  some 
proposition  that  would  enable  us  to  increase  our  business  to  their 
benefit  as  well,  and  a  remark  ot  two  he  made  lead  me  to  thipk  that 


they  would  not  be  altogether  averse  to  bringing  the  National 
Phonograph  Company  into  the  matter  or  making  them  a  part  of  any 
Agreement,  in  other  words  something  in  the  nature  of  a  consolida¬ 
tion,  whereby  the  United  Company  and  Edison  would  own  a  monopoly 
of  the  World  for  Edison? 8  Phonographs. 

These  remarks  are  simply  impressions  obtained  from  Gilmore/ 
talk,  and  he  informed  me  that  his  settlement  with  the  Graphophone 
people  consisted  of  an  exchange  of  licenses,  that  is  to  say  they 
called  off  their  suits,  the  Graphophone  people  permitting  Edison 
to  engrave  on  wax,  and  Edison  permitting  the  Graphophone  people  to 
use  the  sapphire  Recording  and  Reproducing  speakers,  that  it  went 
no  further  than  that,  and  he  has  promised  to  let  me  see  the  contract" 
if  I  wish  it. 

Now  Mr  Moriarty,  X  think  I  ubderstand  the  different 
phases  of  this  business,  and  I  do  not  lose  sight  of  one  great  fact 
namely  that  we  own  the  greatest  and  most  valuable  territory,  and 
that  we  have  inaugerated  a  business  in  Great  Britain  whioh  has 

commenced  with  every  prospect  of  continued  and  increasing  success 


which  we  can  extend  to  all  the  other  foreign  countries,  that  we  mtit 
everything  in  the  Phonograph  line,  and  can  make  the  business  a 
success  in  spite  of  any  number  of  infringers  that  are  likely  to 
enter  the  field  while  they  have  to  fight  against  an  aggressive 
Company,  which  we  will  be  in  the  future, 

I  do  not  want  to  write  a  history  in  this  letter,  bu£ 
simply  to  show  you  that 

no  matter  what  sort  of  a  proposition 


Bdison  might  offer  that  we  should  have  much  the  greatest  advantage 
if  anything  is  ever  done  in  the  way  of  a  contract,  and  I  would  not 
like  to  see  Mr  SearleB  conduct  the  matter  alone. 

Mr  Gilmore  stated  that  the  Graphophone  people  were  making 
overtures  to  them  now,  but  they  have  ignored vthem,  and  I  think 
Edison  is  beginning  to  realize  that  his  best  interests  in  future 
lie  on  the  road  with  the  United  Company. 

We  own  the  right  of  manufacture  in  two  countries,  but  kh 
I  believe  you  are  of  the  opinion,  as  I  am,  that  the  Company’s 
interests  will  be  best  served  by  manufacturing  their  goods  at  the 
Phonograph  Works,  and  Edison's  name  is  of  use  to  us. 

Will  you  not  think^aU^of  this  subject,  and  let  me  have 
an  expression  of  your  views,  and  what  you  think  would  be  a  good 
thing  to  accomplish  for  the  interests  of  this  Compeny,  if  it  is  a 
possible  -thing,  in  order  that  I  amy  be  able  to  put  forth  your  views* 
in  case  I  have  an  opportunity,  and  anything  results  in  the  next 
few  months  with  Edison  and  Mr  Searles^looking  to  our  protection  and 
what  advantages  if  any,  in  addition  to  manufacturing  at  the  Works 
we  might  give  in  return,  or  whether  it  i  s  even  necessary  to  give 
anything  in  return,  when  we  own  so  much,  or  whether  any  relation-  ' 
ship  at  all  ought  to  be  established  between  this  Company  and  the 
National  Phonograph  Company  in  order  to  give  us  a  voice  in  their 
policy,  in  fact  will  you  look  over  the  whole  field,  and  wh»n  you 
have  tih»,  if  such  a  day  cones  in  the  near  future,  kindly  write 
me  a  letter  as  suggested. 

Referring  to  the  foregoing  remarks,  I  have  an  idea  that 
the  Multiplex  Phonograph  can  be  of  great  service  to  us,  not  only  in 
the  Patents  thatvwe  may  get,  but  from  the  fact  that  Grass  has  two 
new  types,  which  will  come  along,  and  the  public  are  not  yet 
familiar  with  them,  neither  does  the  Graphophone  Company,  or  any 
one  else  yet  appreciate  their  features,  so  that  if  we  can  gain  an 
monopoly  of  this  machine,  of  which  1  discussed  in  a  previous 

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My  dear  Mr.,  Moriarty: - 


I  can  only  send  you  a  few  lines  .today,  in  reply 
to  your  letter  of  ..the  34th.  of  June  which  X  have  read  with  a  great 
deal  of  interesti 

I  have  already  written  you  fully  regarding  -the  matter  of 
the  £7  >000. 

Regarding  Mr.  Annin,  I  <3bo  not  know  what  may  be  the  source  of 
Mr.- Annin’s  information  or  what  is  referred  -to  in  any  way.  When  here, 
Mr.  Annin  was  very  cordial,  but  his  interview  with  the  Columbia  Grapha- 
phone  people  and  the  Seligmans,  through  his  banker  friends  here,  was, 

I  think,  very  disquieting  so  far  a3  the  Company  is  concerned  and  so 
long  as  the  Company  remains  in  'its  present  condition  we  are  vulnerable 
and  subject- to  criticism.  I  hope  his  influence  will  not  be  control¬ 
ling  in.  your  Company  and  if  atono'en-  si  you  can  arrange, by  the  sale 
of  the  Preferences,  to  put  the  Company  in  a  solvent  position,  all 
our  troubles  will  cease  as  we. shall  be  entirely  independent  of  the 
Edison- Bell  Co.,  being  obliged  to  ask  no  favors  of  them  in  the  way  of 
remittances  —simply  of  the  carrying  out  of  their  contracts. 

I  . am- anxiously  awaiting  for  further  advices  from  you  regard¬ 
ing  this  and  the  Continental  Company,  which  I  .trust  may  not  be  long 

On  receipt  of  ..the  promised  official-  letter  tram  the  Edison- 
Bell  Co.  I  3hall  be  prepared  to  take  up  the  question  of  shipment  of 
infringing  machines.  It' is  useless  for  me  to  move  in  the  matter 

jfc/n-  S.  Srur/a.  7lc»r/ent. 

<$le/i/en'  £7/tma*fy, 

3  fflffltmbem  dtemvAt**/. 

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hat-  promised  me  in  your  let- 

3.  P.  M.  (3) 

without  definite  information  —  3Uoh  a^tlat  ; 
ter  of  3ome  weeks  ago. 

Morison  writes  me  that  you  are  urging  him  to-  3hip  the  large 
machines  and  that  he  i3  doing  everything  in  his  power  to  get  them  for¬ 
ward,  which  I  believe  to  be  the  case. 

1  fear  .it  will  be  some  time  yet  before"  I  can  get  to  New  York 
but  I  am  doing  everything-  possible  in  the  interest  of  the  Company  from 
my  home  here. 

Yours  very-v truly. 

Stephen  P.  Moriarty,  Esq.* 

Edison  House,  Northumberland  Ave. 

London,  E.  C. 

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New  York,  July  11th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

In  reply  to  your  Personal  letter  of  July  2nd,  as  wa 
hreallyret°fOr0  writt8n’  we  took  the  catalogues  issued  by  Bettini 
^s  a  part  consideration  of  the  contract,  and  wrote  you  asking  for1 
information  as  to  the  wording  for  it,  but  receiving  no  instructions 
we  had  to  complete  them,  and  decided  to  put  the  name  of  Edison-Bell 
on  them,  and  to  issue  them  without  prices. 

It  would  have  been  fatal  to  the  contract  if  we  had  not 
done  so,  because  Bettini  would  have  thought  at  onoe  that  we  did  not 
intend  to  sell  any  of  his  goods,  and  merely  made  the  contract  as  a 
security  against  him. 

This  would  never  have  done  in  the  world,  as  you  strongly 
urged  us  to  secure  the  Bettini  Patents,  and  we  got  all  we  could  in 
the  very  best  way  we  could,  but  you  have  not  notified  us  what  you 
thought  of  the  contract. 

Bettini  does  not  feel  that  he  has  any  claim  whatever  upon 
the  English  Company,  and  does  not  seek  to  do  anything  more  than  we 

If  the  Edison-Bell  cannot  in  any  way  make  use  of  them, 
the  Compaiy  must  lose  them,  and  the  Company  expected  to  if  they  were* 
not  accepted. 

I  shipped  them  over  because  Mr  Searles  desired  it,  and  as 
he  gave  directions  to  charge  the  bill  for  them  to  the  English 
Company,  and  he  knew  what  he  was  doing  because  I  inittrmed  him  that 
the  probability  was  that  the  Emrlish  Company  would  not  pay  for  them 


but  I  did  not  Bond  the  bill,  and  have  not  drawn  for  them,  prefering 
to  v/ait  until  I  could  hear  from  you  definitely,  and  I  now  under¬ 
stand  that  they  refused  to  accept  them,  and  will  so  inform  Mr 
Searle  s. 

I  do  not  think  there  was  any  attempt  on  the  part  of 
Bettini  to  take  advantage  of  us  anymore  than  any  man  would  try  to 
work  for  his  own  interests,  and  seemedoto  talk  and  act  fairly  in 
the  negotiations  before  the  contract  was  signed,  so  that  it  would 
be  poor  policy  on  our  part  to  notify  him  now  in  advance  "that  if  he 
does  anything  contrary  to  his  agreement,  we  will  go  ibr  him", 
especially  as  he  has  applied  for  Great  Britain  Patent::,  Kndxw«xw«nt 
JtHxgSt*  ,  and  we  want  to  get  it. 

We  will  notifjry  him  promptly  if  he  does  do  anything,  but 
we  do  not  want  to  antagonize  him  in  advance. 

I  note  that  you  say  that  it  will  only  be  a  short  time  now 
before  we  are  able  to  make  much  better  and  cheaper  Records,  than 
even  Bettini  is  making,  etc,  etc. 

Do  I  understand  by  this  that  you  are  making  the  Records 
and  will  sell  them  to  the  Edison-Bell,  so  that  we  make  a  profit, 
or  do  the  Edison-Bell  make  them,  and  cut  us  off  from  any  profit  in 
these  goods. 

We  will  endeavor  to  carry  out  all  your  orders  to  the 
letter,  and  do  not  think  we  have  made  any  mistakes  so  far. 

Yours  very  truly. 

New  York,  July  uth>  1898, 

My  dear  Mr  Moriarty: -PERSONAL. 

I  am  duly  in  receipt  of  your  Personal  letter  of  July 
2nd,  and  I  „  really  delighted  t.  hear  of  year  ln 

the  »,  Comp.y,  yo„  Save 

dope  some  great  work.  O 

Would  you  Object  to  my  orlticieins  th,  fact  that  not.lth- 
standing  „a„,  a  Company  i„  S„si,„4  oallad  Kdi»o„-B,ll 
consolidated  Phonograph  Co„p„y,  Limited,  ,ou  hay,  l„a„g8rat,d 
another  Company  ™der  th,  i.„  0,  0reat  Britain  oalled  the  Edieon- 
BellContinental  Phonograph  Company. 

These  two  names  are  almost  identical,  yet  there  are 
different  men  interested  in  them,  and  it  really  seems  to  me  that 
the  public  will  not  be  able  to  discriminate  between  the  two  CompanicJ 
and  I  should  think  ther.would  be  a  good  many  errors,  and  the 
orders  for  one  Company  would  be  sent  to  the  other. 

I  am  glad  you  have  nfct  Mr  Annan  in  the  new  Company,  and 
it  seems  to  me  that^as  tried  to  be  a  stumbling  lock  from  the 
start,  $ 

wnat  you  say  in  regard  i 

jrwiAi  account, 

end  *11  take  the  »tter  up  a.  ..  po,.lbll>i  but  r  _ 

very  bu.y  iiM.ea  I  j0  not  iell,v,  ^  ^  ^ 

ho.  -eh  there  ha.  b..„  to  do  to  make  thing.  i„  .11  dire.tiona, 
inoluding  fiaanoial  aad  ebip„.„,e  of  good,  all  „„  „  ,5ll  ..  ^ 
have,  but  I  will  get  at  it 

very  quickly. 


We  are  pushihgr.the  work  on  all  the  big  types  of  machines 
and  Mr  Grass  will  take  up  his  quarters  in  Brooklyn  tomorrow  in 
order  to  see  that  the  men  are  at  their  work  at  seven  o'clock  in  the 

OBt  and  the  profit  we  make  on  machines 

I  will  send  you  the 
under  separate  cover. 

1  regret  that  I  am  not  yet  able  to  send  you  a  model  of 
the  small  machines  which  Bettini  has,  and  I  will  try  to  do  so,  as 
soon  as  I  can,  but  he  evidently  thinkB  he  is  going  to  sell  thousands 
of  these  little  machines,  at  the  same  time  I  will  consider  what  is 

best  to  be  done  in  the  matter,  d tcz^tc  4u.c<u 

’&*'**-***'£■  **>*■'  66rc2*6s  i&Trs'ZZi  ^4^ 

Confidentially,  I  believe  in  carrying  this  man  Bettini  a 

little  while,  that  is  humoring  him  a  little,  that  is  giving  in  a 
little  where  is  does  no  particular  harm,  in  order  to  keep^him  raa 
restrained,  and  I  would  like  to  call  your  attention  to  the  fact 
that  the  option  contained  in  our  contracts  with  him  for  other 
Countries  outside  of  Great  Britain,  will  expire  soon,  and  it  seems 
to  me  that  even  if  Bettini  things  were  notrused  largely  that  there 

will  be  some  demand  for  them,  even  though  none  of  our  Companion 
should  want  to  push  them,  yet  youeoannot  shut  a  man  up  19ke 

Bettini  completely,  and  I  should  think  that  it  would  pay  the 

I  mean  you  to  give  me  permission 

Continental  for  them  to  give  me  permission^to  make  some  satisfac¬ 

tory  agreement  with  Bettini  for  the  Continental  Countries,  or  one 
or  more  of  them,,  and  that  will  prevent  any  aggressiveness  on  the. 
part  of  Bettini,  and  may  possibly  saye  them  some  expense  in  trying 


to  down  him,  besides  the  annoyance  that  may  ensuw  from  a  man  like 

Bettini,  who  will  surely  get  some  of  his  machines  over  to  'Europe  if 

we  do  not  prevent  it  now  when  we  have  the  chance,  law-suits  do  not 
pay,  and  I  think  I  talk  with  good  business  foresight  in  making  the 
above  recommendation. 

The  same  thing  holds  true  with  Gress,  and  I  think  I  can 

control  Gress  now,  but  I  will  not  answer  for  it  in  the  future,  if 

we  do  not  take  advantage  of  a  sitauation  which  I  have  worked  up  to 
this  point  now. 

I  would  like  very  much  if  you  would  consider  carefully 
these  subjects,  and  write  me  for  myself,  going  into  the  matter  as 
you  would  as  if  I  were  present  talking  to  you. 

I  do  not  take  any  stock  in  DeCastro  at  all,  and  the  only 
way  for  one  to  be  is  to  be  continually  on  your  guard,  but  there  is 


no  advantage Maade-  by  making  an  enemy  of  a  man. 

Please  make  your  mind  quite  easy  on  one  fact,  that  the 
men  whom  I  am  thrown  with,  and  whom  I  have  negotiated  agreements 
with,  have  no  more  idea  to-day  than  before  I  met  them,  as  to  what 
our  Company  is  doing,  except  just  so  far  as  the  orders  give^them 

Mr  Searles  is  still  progressing  slowly,  but  does  not  seem 
able  to  come  to  New  York,  I  presume  the  Doctor  must  be  afraid  to 
let  him  venture  during  this  hot  weather,  and  I  have  no  doubt  they 
are  right. 


What  a  great  idea  that  is  of  interesting  the  newspapers, 
that  ought  to  pay  well,  if  they  will  work  for  it. 

If  you  want  a  point  at  any  time  in  talking  to  the  Edison 
Bell  Company,  kindly  note  that  wo  have  gone  to  a  great  deal  of 

trouble  and  spent  much  time  in  trying  to  secure  for  them  as  cheap 

freight  rates  as  possible,  also  very  unusually  insurance  rates. 

f\  ’ 

even  the  very  best . st eaners,  we  have  succeeded  in  gaining  a  reduc¬ 
tion,  and  the  hurried  shipment  of  the  Steamship  "MAJESTIC",  goes 
forward  at  the  rate  of  37s  6d  and  primage,  thei*  rate  being  40s 
and  they  are  very  firm  indeed  at  this  latter  figure 
Yours  very  truly* 

New  York,  July  15th,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Mori  arty: -PERSONAL. 

Enclosed  please  find  a  memorandum  giving  the  conditions 
on  which  Patents  can  be  taken  out  upon  the  various  improvements  of 
the  Multiplex,  an d  the  Multiplex  itself. 

This  data  wqs  sent  to  me  by  Charles  J.  Stockman,  Washington/ 
D.  0.  ,  who  is  GressSPatent  Lawyer,  and  to  which  I  referred  mail 
or  two  back. 

I  shall  probably  hear  from  you  on  this  subject  possibly 
in  the  next  mail,  but  it  seems  to  me  that  it  is  worth  all  the 
letters  on  the  subject,  and  I  am  just  in  receipt  of  a  letter  from 
Gross,  in  which  he  asks  me  to  give  the  matter  attention,  as  he 
fully  believes  in  it,  and  may  take  the  Patents  out  himself  or  sell 
them  to  other  persons,  if  we  do  not. 

At  all  events  I  think  he  contemplates  doing  sone  thing  5 

about  it,  and  possibly  you  may  think  as  I  do  that  it  would  be  a 
disadvantage  to  let  anybody  else  get  a  foot-hold  in  this  Multiple 
business,  and  I  have  heard  that  Edison  contemplates  a  machine  to 
rival  this,  and  if  we  secure  Patents  in  advance,  it  seems  to  me  it 
would  be  money  well  spent. 

Forgive  me  for  writing  soo  much  on  this  subject. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Extract  from  Minutes  of  Meeting  of  the  Executive  Committo 
of  Edison  United  Phonograph  Company,  held  at  their  offioe, 

27  William  Street,  New  York  City,  on  Tuesday,  July  lRth.  1898. 

A  Power  of  Attorney  to  STEPHEN  P.  MORIARTY,  dated  this 
18th,  day  of  January,  1898,  with  a  Schedule  of  a  Contract 
between  the  Ediuon-Bell  Phonograph  Corporation,  Limited, 
London,  the  Edison  United  Phonograph  Company  and  Stephen  P. 
Moriarty,  attached  was  presented  to  the  Committee,  and  upon 
motion  of  Mr.  Tuttle,  duly  seconded  the  said  Power  of  Attorney 
•nd  Contract,  are  hereby  ratified  and  approved,  and  the 
President  is  direoted  to  Exeoute  the  said  Power  and  Sohedule 
of  Contraet  attached,  and  the  Secretary  to  affix  the  seal 


CAPITAL  AND  SURPLUS  $  2.500.000. 

Fidelity  and  Deposit  Company 



EDWIN  WARKIELD,  Frmldont. 


HENRY  B.  PLATT,  Vico  Prosidoilt. 

..ohn  w.-n/°°ten.  A"°r„ny.  New  York,  July  22nd  1898 

John  E.  Searles,  Esq., 

117  Wall  Street,  City 

Dear  Sirs 

We  beg  to  call  your  attention  that  we  are  still  awaiting 
a  statement  from  you  as  to  the  financial  condition  of  the  Edison  United 
Phonograph  Company  on  whose  behalf  we  issued  bond  #134667  in  the 
penalty  of  $100,000.  Will  you  kindly  give  the  matter  your  immediate 
attention  and  oblige, 

New  York,  July  23rd,  1898. 

My  dear  Mr  Mori  arty: -PERSONAL. 

I  feel  greatly  annoyed  because  of  the  worry  and  trotible  to 
you  connected  with  the  request  for  a  remittance  of  £5,000.  as  refer 
ed  to  in  your  Personal  and  Confidential  letters  to  me  of  July  9th 
and  13th,  the  former  of  which  was  only  received  last  evening  as  I 
wrote  you,  and  themlal^r  came  to  hand  this  morning. 

I  have  realized  fully  the  di  sadvantage  and  the  unfortunate--* 
impressions  which  were  certain  to  result  from  a  demand  for  a  second 
remittance  of  £5,000.  but  I  had  no  other  alternative  at  the  time, 
than  to  send  the  cables  I  did,  for  we  needed  money,  and  Mr  Searles 
would  not  give  me  any  part  of  the  first  remittance  of  the  £5,000. 

CLA  if  yD-MJ 

A“a  “14  le  would  not  advanoe  any  more  money,  and  I  enclose  you  a 
copy  of  a  note  received  from  Mr -Searles,  dated  June  17th,  .iwhioh 
came  from  his  country  place  in  Marion,  which  will  give  you  an  idea 
of  how  anxious  Mr  Searles  was  to  get  money,  and  at  that  time,  if 
Mr  Searles  would  not  give  me  any  Checks,  I  could  not  press  him  too 
muoh  on  account  of  his  illness. 

While  I  think  of  it,  I  want  to  remind  you  that  you 
wrote  me  at  one  time,  I  do  not  remember  at  this  moment  the  date  of 
the  letter,  but  you  stated  that  it  was  your  intention  to  let  that 
first  remittance  of  £5,000.  stand,  therefore  when  the  cable  was 
sent  you,  June  19th,  in  accordance  with  the  above  letter  from  Mr 
Searles,  I  hesitated  doing  do  at  first,  but  oame  to  the  conclusion 


that  you  would  understand  that  the  ci>  le  referred  to  the  Deposit  of 
hZ,  000.  in  the  Western  National  Bank,  as  you  had  been  previously 
advised,  that  Mr  Searles  had  drawn  out  entirely  shortly  after  its  ■■ 
arrival  the  full  amount  of  the  £5,000. 

I  do  not  think  it  will  serve  any  purpose  for  me  to 
take  up  the  different  cables  sent  you,  and  to  give  you  the  why  and; 
wherefore  for  each,  suffice  to  say,  that  such  cablestas  I  did  send 
were  backed  by  substantial  reasons,  in  addition  to'  which, your 
letters  to  us  or  Mr  Searles,  notably  your  letter  to  the  latter  of 
July  1st,  have  made  us  feel  uncertain  occasionally  as  to  what  your 
instructions  meant,  for  in  this  particular  case,  the  letter  stated 
explicitly,  that  we  were  at  liberty  to  draw  for  both  the  first  and 
second  half,  for  the  amounts  that  were  due,  and  when  we  read  that, 
we  cane  to  the  conclusion  that  as  you  knew  quite  well  that  Mr 
Searles  was  holding  back  the  £5,000^*that  you  wished  us  to  draw 
without  taking  into  consideration  that  remittance/  although  we  did 
not  do  so,  and  took  the  precaution  to  cable  you  July  12th,  asking 
you  whether  we  were  at  liberty  to  do  so,  and  your  reply  was  in  the 
negative,  therefore  that  letter  came  near  being  the  cause  of  making 
us  commit  a  serious  blunder. 

I  will  stop  with  these  remarks  on  this  subject,  but 
I  am  sure,  you  will  realize  that  as  far  as  I  am  concerned,  my  cables 
were  sent  becausd  of  a  propelling  force  behind  me,  and  because  I 
felt  that  as  you  understood  the  situation  so  well  from  youw  own 

knowledge,  and  from  our  letters  to  you  that  our  cables  would  be 
well  understood. 

I  have  endeavored  to  give  y.ou  SOME  REASONS  POR  DELAY  IN 
SHIPMENTS,  and  I  will  summarize  a  few  points  of  which  I  have  hires 
written  you,  out  of  which  we  hope  you  will  be  able  to  cull  someth! 
for  an  argument  against  any  claim  which  may  be  made  for  penalty. 

The  order  for  Multiplex  Phonographs,  signed  by  Mr  Crowe,  is 
dated  March  23rd,  but  we  did  net  place  it  at  the  time  it  was 
was  received,  March  30th,  because  Mr  Searles,  for  one  fcihing  did 
not  feel  satisfied,  as  to  the  terms  of  payment,  and  in  addition 
we  were  in  negotiation  with  Gross,  which  however  was  concluded 
April  25th,  but  we  did. not  give  him  the  order  until  May  6th,  one 
reason  for  which  was  that  he  wanted  a  considerable  o ash^rtTt^the 


point  that  I  wish  to  make  to  the  Edison-Bell  is  that  their  order 
stipulated  that  their  Company  should  have  the  power  within  one 
month  from  the  date  of^that  order  to  increase  it  to  1,000  machine# 
You  will  readily  understand  the  rdf ore  that  it  would  have  been  a 
disadvantage  to  us  to  plaoe  the  order  for  500  machines  at  a 
higher  prioe,when  we  expected  in  a  months  time  to  have  the  order 
for  one  thousand  machines  confirmed,  abd  my  recolleotion  is  that 
it  was  not  confirmed  very  promptly,  therefore  we  waited  until  the 
order  could  be  placed  for  1000  machines,  when  we  made  the  con¬ 
tract  on  the  best  terms  we  could.' 

Por  your  information  I  may  add  that  we  havepractically  the  whole 
factory  an  Brooklyn  working  on  this  order,  and  I  expect  to  turn 

out  at  least  100  pachines  per  week,  and  more  If  it  is  possible  to 
do  so. 

The  Phonograph  Works  did  not  wish  to  undertake  this  order 
and  we  consider  it  fortunate  that  they  did  not  do  so,  for  many 
reasons  some  of  which  I  have  given  you,  and  Gross  is  heart  and  soul 
in  it,  and  doing  the  very  best  he  knows  how,  but  a  first  order  of 
this  style  of  machine,  with  tools  that  had  to  be  altered,  and  new 
patterns  made,  and  the  thousand  and  one  troubles  that  occur  in 
turning  out  the  hundred  or  more  parts,  and  to  make  them  with 
perfect  exactness,  was  a  task  that  surprised  the  machinists, 
competent  though  they  be. 

WT  have  written  you  in  regard  to  the  strike  at  the 
Phonograph  Works,  and  we  note  that  you  say  you  were  not  advised, 
this  is  correct,  but  we  did  not  know  it  ourselves,  and  when  we 
did  hear  of  it,